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Textile and Apparel Imports Up in April as Shipments from China, India, Pakistan Surge

Monday, July 10, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel reports that monthly imports of cotton, wool, manmade fiber, silk blend, and non-cotton vegetable fiber textile and apparel products totaled 5.5 billion square meter equivalents in May, up 11.1 percent from April and 3.7 percent from May 2016. Textile imports totaled 3.35 billion SME, up 12.4 percent for the month and 3.8 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.14 billion SME were up 8.6 percent and 3.7 percent, respectively.

Overall Imports. Total year-to-date imports were 25.1 billion SME, up 2.6 percent from the previous year, as textile imports gained 2.7 percent to 14.6 billion SME and apparel imports rose 2.5 percent to 10.5 billion SME.

For the year ending in May imports were 63.6 billion SME, up 0.6 percent from a year earlier, as textile imports increased 1.2 percent to 36.4 billion SME and apparel imports slipped 0.4 percent to 27.2 billion SME.

Source Countries. OTEXA has reported the following statistics on textile and apparel imports from major source countries for May 2017.

SME

Monthly change %

Annual change %

$ Value

Monthly change %

Annual change %

China

2.61 billion

+16.0

+6.0

$2.99 billion

+14.1

+0.8

India

464.3 million

+15.6

+13.9

$673.1 million

+7.5

+10.6

Vietnam

394.7 million

-2.9

+4.7

$932.9 million

+1.1

+1.7

Pakistan

240.0 million

+35.9

+9.3

$245.4 million

+28.8

+4.4

Mexico

224.1 million

+10.2

+7.1

$424.3 million

+21.7

+15.4

Bangladesh

201.0 million

+8.9

+6.9

$425.2 million

+7.7

-1.2

Korea

147.4 million

+8.7

-0.4

$77.9 million

+13.4

+3.5

Indonesia

135.0 million

-4.1

-7.8

$374.0 million

-2.4

-8.7

Honduras

99.9 million

+15.1

+6.5

$225.4 million

+19.6

+3.5

Canada

96.0 million

+8.8

+1.5

$99.3 million

+4.6

-2.2

El Salvador

70.5 million

n/a

-4.2

$167.4 million

n/a

+2.4

Taiwan

66.8 million

n/a

-6.5

$55.3 million

n/a

-8.5

OTEXA has also reported the following statistics on textile and apparel imports from major source countries for the year-to-date in 2017.

 

SME

Change from 2016

$ value

Change from 2016

China

11.3 billion

+4.9

$13.5 billion

-4.5

India

2.17 billion

+7.6

$3.30 billion

+4.9

Vietnam

1.95 billion

+8.9

$4.70 billion

+4.9

Pakistan

1.05 billion

+1.6

$1.13 billion

+1.3

Mexico

1.03 billion

+2.9

$1.88 billion

+5.1

Bangladesh

1.02 billion

+2.5

$2.25 billion

-4.8

Indonesia

730 million

-5.0

$2.02 billion

-4.7

Korea

667 million

+2.5

$350 million

-4.7

Honduras

437 million

+4.7

$970 million

+1.2

Canada

436 million

-4.4

$495 million

-7.1

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