Background

Statistics from the Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel show that importers are continuing to diversify their sourcing of textiles and apparel amid ongoing supply chain challenges. Major monthly and yearly gains were recently registered for non-traditional suppliers like Egypt, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Sweden.

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Overall Imports. Textile and apparel imports totaled 8.92 billion square meter equivalents in July 2021, up 4.4 percent from June 2021 and 45.3 percent from July 2020 (when trade volumes were lower in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic). Textile imports totaled 6.42 billion SME, up 3.4 percent for the month and 62.1 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.51 billion SME were up 8.2 percent from June and 14.9 percent from a year before.

Total year-to-date imports were 49.9 billion SME, up 49.7 percent from the previous year, as textile imports rose 58.4 percent to 34.0 billion SME and apparel imports rose 34.0 percent to 15.9 billion SME.

For the year ending in July, imports were 84.2 billion SME, up 34.0 percent from the previous year. Textile imports rose 44.3 percent to 57.1 billion SME and apparel imports gained 16.5 percent to 27.2 billion SME.

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

 

Country

 

SME

Monthly change %

Annual change %

 

$ value

Monthly change %

Annual change %

China

3.52 billion

-3.6

+12.7

2.83 billion

+11.0

+12.0

India

737.8 million

+10.7

+51.9

731.7 million

+0.2

+53.7

Vietnam

531.5 million

+6.9

+11.3

1.37 billion

+17.1

+1.8

Egypt

394.8 million

+476.4

+1169

122.4 million

+41.3

+30.4

Pakistan

296.6 million

+2.2

+36.5

363.7 million

+4.1

+60.7

Czech Rep.

287.3 million

+40.6

+3244

5.9 million

+32.6

+103

Turkey

271.4 million

-38.2

+167

268.7 million

+9.5

+59.1

Mexico

246.1 million

-8.6

+8.7

395.9 million

+1.2

+29.9

Bangladesh

239.4 million

-1.9

+41.7

592.3 million

+3.9

+36.5

Israel

212.6 million

-31.5

+376

17.5 million

-19.7

-20.0

Korea

170.5 million

-13.8

+35.1

86.4 million

-13.3

+29.7

Malaysia

167.0 million

+12.3

+799

33.3 million

+82.0

+20.0

Italy

161.3 million

+6.9

+542

207.7 million

+7.3

+31.6

Germany

146.7 million

+53.1

+235

50.5 million

+5.0

+63.5

Indonesia

139.2 million

-13.6

+36.3

295.4 million

-6.2

+4.9

Cambodia

122.8 million

+20.6

-24.0

284.5 million

+32.5

-14.0

Taiwan

101.4 million

+16.4

+40.5

62.6 million

+2.1

+11.4

Canada

84.5 million

-5.4

+14.2

97.9 million

-0.9

+63.5

Honduras

79.7 million

-9.4

+13.4

239.8 million

-2.4

+56.1

El Salvador

62.8 million

-2.9

+15.4

166.9 million

+5.3

+36.5

Sweden

59.3 million

n/a

+8106

$3.2 million

n/a

+92.1

Thailand

57.6 million

+9.3

+7.4

81.7 million

-2.0

-13.0

 

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