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Monthly Textile and Apparel Imports Up Slightly as Caribbean, South Asia See Big Gains

Thursday, June 06, 2013
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 4.39 billion square meter equivalents in April, up 0.8% from a year earlier. Textile imports totaled 2.55 billion SME, down 0.8% year-on-year, while apparel imports of 1.84 billion SME were 3.2% higher than April 2012.

For the year-to-date as of April 2013 total imports of textiles and apparel were 17.3 billion SME, a 3.9% rise from the same period in 2012, as textile imports climbed 1.9% to 9.67 billion SME and apparel imports were up 6.4% to 7.67 billion SME. For the 12-month period ending in April total imports were 2.0% higher at 54.7 billion SME as textile imports rose 1.8% to 30.5 billion SME and apparel imports moved ahead 2.3% to 24.2 billion SME.

With respect to specific sources, imports of textile and apparel products (except cotton and silk blend textiles) saw year-on-year increases in April from Vietnam (6.2% to 290.3 million SME), Korea (4.6% to 121.0 million SME), Mexico (4.4% to 209.8 million SME), the DR-CAFTA region (8.9% to 230.8 million SME), Caribbean Basin Initiative partners (15.7% to 26.6 million SME), Association of Southeast Asian Nations member countries (4.2% to 647.3 million SME), South Asia (16.8% to 744.5 million SME) and Israel (16.7% to 39.8 million SME). Imports declined from China (6.9% to 1.88 billion SME), Taiwan (19.5% to 58.6 million SME), Hong Kong (34.1% to 4.1 million SME), Canada (3.2% to 97.2 million SME) and Turkey (1.4% to 54.1 million SME).

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