Background

Imports of textiles and apparel saw a small increase in December but were up more than a third for all of 2021, according to statistics from the Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel. The data indicate that shipments from traditional suppliers slipped somewhat while imports from some historically underutilized sources saw sharp increases.

For more information on trade-related issues affecting textiles and apparel, please contact textile and apparel practice leader Elise Shibles at (415) 490-1403 or via email.

Overall Imports. Textile and apparel imports totaled 9.0 billion square meter equivalents in December 2021, up just 0.6 percent from November 2021 but 42.7 percent from December 2020. Textile imports totaled 6.49 billion SME, down 0.8 percent for the month but up 46.6 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.51 billion SME were unchanged from November but up 33.7 percent from a year before.

Total imports for 2021 were 94.3 billion SME, up 39.4 percent from the previous year, as textile imports jumped 45.6 percent to 64.8 billion SME and apparel imports rose 27.4 percent to 29.5 billion SME.

Source Countries. OTEXA has reported the following statistics on textile and apparel imports from major source countries for December 2021.

 

Country

 

SME

Monthly change %

Annual change %

 

$ value

Monthly change %

Annual change %

China

3.22 billion

-13.0

+4.4

2.77 billion

-8.9

+32.4

India

889.4 million

+8.7

+42.6

908.5 million

+5.5

+46.0

Egypt

621.9 million

+282.7

+1586

125.8 million

+25.7

+50.5

Vietnam

494.6 million

+2.0

+20.5

1.26 billion

+11.5

+35.3

Turkey

419.0 million

+23.1

+238

227.2 million

-0.1

+19.1

Pakistan

352.1 million

+12.7

+26.2

405.5 million

-5.9

+35.7

Denmark

336.6 million

+161.9

+5757

$2.91 million

+6.6

+3.6

Bangladesh

307.7 million

+17.5

+63.1

808.9 million

+18.3

+113

Mexico

303.3 million

-19.3

+45.5

357.1 million

-6.5

+17.0

Israel

264.8 million

-676

+392

22.5 million

-25.0

-27.0

Korea

176.4 million

+6.7

+5.1

87.2 million

-2.2

+15.8

Indonesia

164.7 million

-4.2

+39.5

407.3 million

-11.0

+79.0

Cambodia

117.9 million

-8.3

-9.0

310.5 million

-13.3

+27.7

Czech Rep.

95.5 million

-18.0

+835

3.28 million

-38.1

-15.0

Honduras

80.1 million

+0.4

+12.3

238.8 million

-3.2

+31.3

Canada

76.2 million

-12.0

+4.7

99.7 million

-21.9

+29.3

Taiwan

72.8 million

+6.9

+2.7

54.3 million

-1.5

+12.1

Italy

54.1 million

-52.9

+83.4

231.9 million

+1.6

+43.8

 

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