Background

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 6.31 billion square meter equivalents in December 2020, down 7.6 percent from November but up 22.3 percent from December 2019. Textile imports totaled 4.42 billion SME, down 8.3 percent for the month but up 36.2 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 1.88 billion SME were down 6.0 percent from November and 1.4 percent from a year before.

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Overall Imports. Total imports for 2020 were 67.3 billion SME, down 3.2 percent from 2019, as textile imports rose 5.4 percent to 44.2 billion SME but apparel imports plunged 16.4 percent to 23.1 billion SME.

Source Countries. OTEXA has reported the following statistics on textile and apparel imports from major source countries for December 2020.

 

Country

 

SME

Monthly change %

Annual change %

 

$ Value

Monthly change %

Annual change %

China

3.08 billion

-11.5

+30.6

2.09 billion

-11.1

-3.8

India

624.1 million

-3.3

+39.2

622.8 million

-0.9

+11.6

Vietnam

410.8 million

-12.3

+3.5

930.0 million

-13.9

-14.0

Pakistan

279.0 million

-2.0

+15.0

298.9 million

-2.4

+19.2

Mexico

208.4 million

-5.8

+17.3

305.3 million

0

+0.8

Bangladesh

189.0 million

+5.4

+17.3

379.7 million

-2.6

-11.0

Korea

167.8 million

-3.8

+9.6

75.3 million

-3.0

+6.1

Cambodia

129.6 million

-3.1

+31.1

243.0 million

-7.4

+11.2

Turkey

124.1 million

+9.7

+51.5

190.7 million

-3.1

+19.1

Indonesia

118.1 million

-6.7

+7.0

227.6 million

-22.1

-28.0

Canada

72.8 million

-10.3

+0.6

77.6 million

-22.1

-10.0

Honduras

71.3 million

+18.6

-23.0

181.9 million

+12.4

-29.0

Taiwan

70.9 million

-5.3

+16.4

$48.5 million

-1.6

+0.3

 

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