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Textile and Apparel Imports Tumble as Shipments from Most Major Suppliers Fall

Monday, November 07, 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 5.49 billion square meter equivalents in September, down 9.6 percent from August and 5.9 percent from September 2015. Textile imports totaled 2.96 billion SME, down 12.8 percent from August and 6.0 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.53 billion SME were down 7.3 percent from August and 5.8 percent from a year earlier.

Total year-to-date imports were 47.3 billion SME, down 2.4 percent from the previous year, as textile imports fell 3.0 percent to 26.9 billion SME and apparel imports lost 1.6 percent to 20.4 billion SME.

For the year ending in September, imports of textiles and apparel totaled 62.4 billion SME, down 1.5 percent from the same period a year earlier, as textile imports dropped 2.5 percent to 35.5 billion SME and apparel imports fell 0.3 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 September.


Sept. imports (SME)

Monthly change (%)

Year-on-year change (%)


2.80 billion




402.5 million




355.5 million




202.0 million




194.1 million




172.7 million




124.4 million



South Korea

122.4 million




100.1 million




86.9 million



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