Background

Importers of textiles and apparel continued to diversify their sourcing in August, according to statistics from the Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel, as volumes from non-traditional suppliers continued to increase.

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Overall Imports. Textile and apparel imports totaled 9.14 billion square meter equivalents in August 2022, down 8.6 percent from July and 0.6 percent from August 2021. Textile imports totaled 6.08 billion SME, down 14.0 percent for the month and 4.2 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 3.06 billion SME rose 4.1 percent from July and 7.6 percent from a year before.

Total year-to-date imports were 76.2 billion SME, up 29.0 percent from the previous year, as textile imports rose 33.0 percent to 53.7 billion SME and apparel imports gained 20.6 percent to 22.6 billion SME.

Total imports for the year ending in August 2022 were 111.5 billion SME, up 28.7 percent from a year earlier. Textile imports gained 32.4 percent to 78.1 billion SME while apparel imports rose 20.9 percent to 33.3 billion SME.

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

Country

SME

Annual change %

$ value

Annual Change %

China

3.57 billion

-12.0

3.81 billion

+13.9

Mexico

734.3 million

+45.3

433.5 million

+8.7

India

674.5 million

-9.0

849.5 million

+5.5

Vietnam

635.2 million

+2.3

2.03 billion

+24.7

Turkey

605.5 million

+119

246.1 million

+5.9

Egypt

454.3 million

+26.5

124.2 million

+12.6

Bangladesh

308.6 million

+16.0

952.2 million

+46.3

Malaysia

258.8 million

+30.0

23.7 million

+43.1

Pakistan

256.9 million

-12.0

386.1 million

+3.7

Italy

198.2 million

+57.0

239.1 million

+11.1

Cambodia

181.4 million

+2.7

537.9 million

+32.9

Indonesia

167.4 million

+17.3

548.9 million

+37.7

Korea

129.9 million

-40.0

95.0 million

-7.0

Czech Rep.

120.6 million

-54.0

4.17 million

-3.1

Taiwan

107.4 million

+55.8

92.6 million

+55.4

Honduras

91.5 million

+14.2

321.8 million

+27.0

Canada

79.7 million

-13.0

100.4 million

-10.0

Israel

79.2 million

-38.0

20.7 million

+7.6

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