Background

Imports of textiles and apparel saw a small decrease in January but were still up significantly from a year before, according to statistics from the Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel.

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 8.61 billion square meter equivalents in January 2022, down 4.3 percent from December 2021 but up 38.5 percent from January 2021.  Textile imports totaled 6.0 billion SME, down 7.6 percent for the month but up 46.9 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.61 billion SME were up 4.0 percent from December and 22.5 percent from a year before.

Total textile imports for the year ending in January 2022 were 96.7 billion SME, up 42.5 percent from a year earlier. Textile imports gained 48.7 percent to 66.8 billion SME while apparel imports rose 30.5 percent to 30.0 billion SME.

Source Countries. OTEXA has reported the following statistics on textile and apparel imports from major source countries for January 2022.

 

Country

 

SME

Monthly change %

Annual change %

 

$ value

Monthly change %

Annual change %

China

3.13 billion

-2.8

+12.0

2.90 billion

+4.7

+33.0

India

882.5 million

-0.8

+29.3

873.2 million

-3.9

+18.2

Vietnam

543.8 million

+9.9

+10.8

1.36 billion

+7.9

+17.9

Turkey

447.5 million

+6.8

+259

216.2 million

-4.8

-0.7

Czech Rep.

382.1 million

+300.1

+6562

5.6 million

+70.7

+85.3

Bangladesh

323.3 million

+5.1

+40.5

780.4 million

-3.5

+45.0

Pakistan

315.9 million

-10.3

+15.0

392.4 million

-3.2

+28.8

Mexico

260.5 million

-14.1

+25.7

341.7 million

-4.3

+20.2

Egypt

257.5 million

-58.6

+455

136.7 million

+8.7

+18.8

Korea

181.1 million

+2.7

+25.7

98.3 million

+12.7

+46.0

Indonesia

149.4 million

-9.3

+14.1

479.1 million

+17.6

+61.4

Saudi Arabia

145.6 million

n/a

+1124

6.66 million

n/a

+36.6

Cambodia

138.6 million

+17.6

+2.0

385.5 million

+24.2

+43.7

Denmark

107.4 million

-68.1

+961

$2.02 million

-30.6

-49.0

Israel

104.2 million

-60.1

+65.5

25.1 million

+11.6

-5.2

Germany

93.6 million

n/a

+83.0

33.3 million

n/a

-12.0

Taiwan

72.5 million

-0.4

+6.8

62.1 million

+14.4

+22.1

Canada

72.4 million

n/a

-5.9

85.8 million

n/a

+10.2

Italy

69.2 million

+27.9

+164

202.9 million

-12.5

+56.3

Malaysia

66.6 million

n/a

+388

24.9 million

n/a

+30.5

 

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