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Textile and Apparel Imports Fall as Major Shippers See Mixed Results

Tuesday, November 06, 2018
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 6.21 billion square meter equivalents in September, down 2.8 percent from August but up 4.7 percent from September 2017. Textile imports totaled 3.49 billion SME, down 4.6 percent for the month but up 4.4 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.71 billion SME slipped 0.7 percent from August but were up 5.1 percent from a year before.

Overall Imports. Total year-to-date imports were 50.8 billion SME, up 4.9 percent from the previous year, as textile imports gained 7.2 percent to 29.8 billion SME and apparel imports rose 1.8 percent to 21.0 billion SME.

For the year ending in September imports were 67.2 billion SME, up 4.9 percent from a year earlier, as textile imports increased 7.6 percent to 39.7 billion SME and apparel imports rose 1.3 percent to 27.5 billion SME.

Source Countries. OTEXA has reported the following statistics on textile and apparel imports from major source countries for September 2018.

                       

 

SME

Monthly change %

Annual change %

$ Value

Monthly change %

Annual change %

China

3.34 billion

+1.2

+5.6

$4.29 billion

+0.5

+6.7

India

473.4 million

-3.9

+9.4

$611.8 million

-9.2

+7.5

Vietnam

422.6 million

-7.0

+2.0

$1.16 billion

-7.2

+7.2

Mexico

206.6 million

-12.1

-0.5

$404.6 million

-4.5

-3.2

Bangladesh

191.8 million

+6.0

+7.9

$516.0 million

+10.6

+15.6

Pakistan

185.7 million

-22.5

-14.0

$215.4 million

-17.6

-12.0

Korea

160.1 million

+4.4

+17.5

$76.9 million

+3.4

-0.5

Indonesia

121.4 million

-9.7

-2.9

$386.7 million

-12.7

-2.7

Cambodia

111.3 million

+10.4

-0.8

$243.2 million

+0.9

+6.4

Honduras

93.4 million

+3.9

+4.7

$242.1 million

-1.7

+16.0

Canada

87.6 million

+4.0

-4.3

$119.7 million

+3.3

+3.0

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