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 6.82 billion square meter equivalents in October, up 9.8 percent from September and 13.3 percent from October 2017. Textile imports totaled 3.96 billion SME, up 13.5 percent for the month and 12.5 from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.85 billion SME rose 5.2 percent from September and 14.5 percent from a year before.

Overall Imports. Total year-to-date imports were 57.6 billion SME, up 5.8 percent from the previous year, as textile imports gained 7.8 percent to 33.8 billion SME and apparel imports rose 3.1 percent to 23.8 billion SME.

For the year ending in October imports were 68.0 billion SME, up 5.6 percent from a year earlier, as textile imports increased 7.9 percent to 40.2 billion SME and apparel imports rose 2.5 percent to 27.8 billion SME.

Source Countries. OTEXA has reported the following statistics on textile and apparel imports from major source countries for October 2018.

                       

 

SME

Monthly change %

Annual change %

$ Value

Monthly change %

Annual change %

China

3.6 billion

+9.0

+16.6

$4.47 billion

+4.2

+15.1

India

508.7 million

+7.5

+4.6

$697.8 million

+14.1

+7.9

Vietnam

485.3 million

+14.8

+7.2

$1.39 billion

+19.8

+16.0

Mexico

232.3 million

+12.4

+4.4

$414.5 million

+2.4

-5.1

Pakistan

213.6 million

+15.0

+8.6

$266.8 million

+23.9

+14.9

Bangladesh

178.0 million

-7.2

+6.3

$490.0 million

-5.0

+14.0

Korea

171.7 million

+7.2

+26.6

$84.9 million

+10.4

+18.6

Indonesia

150.2 million

+24.0

+5.7

$484.1 million

+25.2

+5.9

Cambodia

125.3 million

+12.6

+30.9

$261.5 million

+7.5

+19.6

Canada

91.0 million

+3.9

-13.0

$125.6 million

+4.9

-1.8

Turkey

91.0 million

n/a

+18.1

$163.4 million

n/a

+11.6

Taiwan

88.3 million

n/a

+23.8

$61.3 million

n/a

+2.8

Honduras

87.8 million

-6.0

+6.5

$230.8 million

-4.7

+18.3

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