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Textile and Apparel Imports Rise as Shipments from Vietnam, Indonesia, Korea Surge

Thursday, December 08, 2016
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 5.68 billion square meter equivalents in October, up 3.5 percent from September and 1.4 percent from October 2015. Textile imports totaled 3.21 billion SME, up 8.4 percent from September and 2.4 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.47 billion SME were down 2.4 percent from September and unchanged from a year earlier.

Total year-to-date imports were 53.0 billion SME, down 2.0 percent from the previous year, as textile imports fell 2.4 percent to 30.1 billion SME and apparel imports lost 1.4 percent to 22.9 billion SME.

For the year ending in October, imports of textiles and apparel totaled 62.4 billion SME, down 1.3 percent from the same period a year earlier, as textile imports dropped 2.0 percent to 35.6 billion SME and apparel imports fell 0.2 percent to 26.9 billion SME.

With respect to specific sources, imports of textile and apparel products (except cotton and silk blend textiles) saw the following changes in October.


Oct. imports (SME)

Monthly change (%)

Year-on-year change (%)


2.96 billion




431.6 million




408.1 million




204.4 million




188.5 million




149.2 million




144.4 million



South Korea

136.1 million




90.0 million




88.1 million



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