Background

The Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel reports that monthly imports of cotton, wool, manmade fiber, silk blend, and non-cotton vegetable fiber textile and apparel products totaled 4.19 billion square meter equivalents in March 2020, down 12.3 percent from February and 12.6 percent from March 2019. Textile imports totaled 2.50 billion SME, down 10.1 percent for the month and 12.5 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 1.69 billion SME were down 15.9 percent from February and 12.9 percent from a year before.

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Overall Imports. Total year-to-date imports were 14.7 billion SME, down 10.7 percent from the previous year, as textile imports fell 9.9 percent to 8.65 billion SME and apparel imports fell 11.8 percent to 6.01 billion SME

For the year ending in March, imports were 68.0 billion SME, down 1.9 percent from a year earlier, as textile imports fell 0.3 percent to 41.1 billion SME and apparel imports fell 4.2 percent to 26.9 billion SME.

Source Countries. OTEXA has reported the following statistics on textile and apparel imports from major source countries for March 2020.

                       

 

SME

Monthly change %

Annual change %

$ Value

Monthly change %

Annual change %

China

939.5 million

-46.7

-39.0

$919.2 million

-46.2

-50.0

India

526.2 million

+0.1

-8.0

$708.1 million

-2.1

-6.2

Vietnam

412.8 million

-5.6

+7.6

$1.05 billion

-7.1

+5.7

Pakistan

246.7 million

+12.2

+1.2

$250.3 million

+11.9

+1.2

Bangladesh

234.2 million

+8.7

+1.5

$544.1 million

+0.3

-1.6

Mexico

228.9 million

+10.8

-0.3

$334.2 million

-0.1

-13.0

Korea

200.3 million

+37.0

+4.0

$82.4 million

+28.0

-4.1

Indonesia

138.7 million

+6.7

-5.3

$393.7 million

-0.1

-7.7

Cambodia

126.6 million

-2.5

+17.7

$286.8 million

-1.5

+25.8

Canada

89.2 million

+11.5

+14.9

$88.9 million

-7.3

-16.0

Honduras

75.3 million

-10.0

-17.0

$192.4 million

-13.9

-20.0

El Salvador

61.1 million

-1.3

-17.0

$148.4 million

-5.4

-8.2

Taiwan

61.1 million

+17.2

-7.6

$42.4 million

+11.9

-7.0

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