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 7.49 billion square meter equivalents in May 2021, up 21.6 percent from April 2021 and 111.5 percent from May 2020. Textile imports totaled 5.21 billion SME, up 27.1 percent for the month and 100.9 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.28 billion SME were up 10.1 percent from April and 140.6 percent from a year before.

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Overall Imports. Total year-to-date imports were 32.4 billion SME, up 43.9 percent from the previous year, as textile imports rose 48.8 percent to 21.4 billion SME and apparel imports rose 35.3 percent to 11.0 billion SME.

For the year ending in May, imports were 77.5 billion SME, up 20.3 percent from the previous year. Textile imports rose 29.8 percent to 51.5 billion SME and apparel imports gained 5.2 percent to 26.0 billion SME.

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

 

Country

 

SME

Monthly change %

Annual change %

 

$ value

Monthly change %

Annual change %

China

2.86 billion

+18.2

+62.2

2.06 billion

+15.7

+49.9

India

771.6 million

+1.4

+365

898.9 million

+3.2

+464

Vietnam

545.9 million

+1.0

+137

1.28 billion

+5.8

+88.6

Pakistan

325.9 million

+22.1

+157

376.7 million

+32.1

+243

Turkey

308.2 million

+138.9

+242

253.2 million

+8.3

+141

Bangladesh

294.2 million

+24.0

+246

622.3 million

+25.9

+247

Mexico

231.4 million

+1.3

+45.7

343.4 million

+6.5

+114

Indonesia

155.3 million

-7.0

+71.5

363.6 million

-11.5

+72.7

Korea

154.6 million

-8.7

+35.7

76.0 million

-0.3

+44.6

Egypt

142.0 million

+198.3

+763

103.6 million

-14.0

+201

Cambodia

118.0 million

-18.9

+64.9

273.5 million

-11.1

+67.4

Germany

96.3 million

+35.6

+65.8

48.0 million

+1.7

+35.2

Canada

92.8 million

+10.0

+32.5

90.9 million

+10.3

+64.4

Honduras

84.9 million

+20.1

+449

228.2 million

+19.0

+725

Taiwan

74.8 million

-4.5

+30.2

52.0 million

+2.2

+36.8

Thailand

64.1 million

+8.5

+49.6

94.9 million

+12.8

+60.3

El Salvador

59.5 million

+4.0

+621

148.7 million

+2.8

+941

 

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