Background

Imports of textiles and apparel in August surged from China and saw gains from other Asian suppliers as well, 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 9.19 billion square meter equivalents in August 2021, up 3.0 percent from July 2021 and 34.8 percent from August 2020. Textile imports totaled 6.35 billion SME, down 1.1 percent for the month but up 44.5 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.84 billion SME were up 13.1 percent from July and 17.1 percent from a year before.

Total year-to-date imports were 59.1 billion SME, up 47.2 percent from the previous year, as textile imports rose 56.0 percent to 40.3 billion SME and apparel imports rose 31.2 percent to 18.7 billion SME.

For the year ending in August, imports were 86.6 billion SME, up 37.3 percent from the previous year. Textile imports rose 47.2 percent to 59.0 billion SME and apparel imports gained 20.0 percent to 27.6 billion SME.

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

 

Country

 

SME

Monthly change %

Annual change %

 

$ value

Monthly change %

Annual change %

China

4.07 billion

+15.6

+13.9

3.35 billion

+18.4

+16.6

India

741.5 million

+0.1

+28.2

805.9 million

+10.1

+31.9

Vietnam

620.8 million

+16.8

+37.7

1.62 billion

+18.2

+23.8

Egypt

359.2 million

-9.0

+1394

110.3 million

-9.9

+38.9

Pakistan

293.0 million

-1.2

+16.2

372.2 million

+2.3

+36.7

Turkey

276.3 million

+1.8

+183

232.5 million

-13.5

+29.0

Mexico

272.6 million

+10.8

+17.0

398.8 million

+0.7

+27.9

Bangladesh

266.0 million

+11.1

+17.9

651.0 million

+9.9

+6.6

Czech Rep.

263.4 million

-8.3

+2943

4.3 million

-27.1

+37.6

Korea

215.0 million

+26.1

+24.7

102.2 million

+18.3

+34.7

Malaysia

199.1 million

+19.2

+1104

16.6 million

-50.2

-30.0

Cambodia

176.7 million

+43.9

+19.3

404.7 million

+42.2

+32.3

Indonesia

142.8 million

+2.6

+24.1

398.7 million

+35.0

+25.2

Israel

127.0 million

-40.3

+184

19.2 million

+9.7

-20.0

Italy

126.6 million

-21.5

+387

215.7 million

-3.9

+47.6

Canada

91.7 million

+8.5

+16.5

112.1 million

+14.5

+23.1

Honduras

80.2 million

+0.6

-7.8

253.5 million

+5.7

+27.4

Germany

70.5 million

-51.9

+49.9

46.8 million

-7.3

+41.6

Taiwan

69.8 million

-31.2

-6.7

59.7 million

-2.9

+6.7

Thailand

58.8 million

+2.1

+24.3

92.0 million

+12.6

+6.5

El Salvador

56.7 million

-9.7

+8.9

150.7 million

-9.7

+15.4

 

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