Background

Imports of textiles and apparel were down again in September and remained lower than a year earlier, according to statistics from the Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel.

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Overall Imports. Textile and apparel imports totaled 8.41 billion square meter equivalents in September, down 2.4 percent from August and 4.5 percent from a year earlier. Textile imports totaled 6.04 billion SME, down 1.8 percent for the month and 1.5 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.37 billion SME were down 4.0 percent from August and 11.5 percent from a year before.

Imports of textiles and apparel were 70.9 billion SME for the year to date in September, down 16.5 percent from a year earlier. Textile imports were 52.0 billion SME, down 12.9 percent, while apparel imports fell 25.2 percent to 18.9 billion SME.

For the year ending in September, total imports were down 18.0 percent to 91.7 million SME. Textile imports lost 15.0 percent to 67.0 billion SME while apparel imports fell 25.3 percent to 24.7 billion SME.

Source Countries. OTEXA has reported the following statistics on textile and apparel imports from major source countries for September 2023.

Country

SME

Monthly change %

Annual change %

YE change %

China

3.26 billion

+3.2

+9.5

-21.9

India

707.7 million

-9.6

-10.9

-21.1

Malaysia

614.2 million

+139.5

+76.3

+39.8

Vietnam

541.3 million

+1.3

-12.4

-19.9

Israel

495.3 million

n/a

+914.4

-31.6

Turkey

476.5 million

-0.1

+9.7

-23.7

Mexico

377.3 million

-32.1

-5.0

+25.2

Pakistan

272.3 million

+5.3

+1.1

-17.1

Egypt

106.5 million

-68.5

-84.1

+9.3

Czech Rep.

91.1 million

-64.1

-45.9

+9.1

 

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