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 5.69 billion square meter equivalents in January 2020, up 10.3 percent from December 2019 but down 9.0 percent from January 2019. Textile imports totaled 3.38 billion SME, up 4.0 percent for the month but down 7.5 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.31 billion SME were up 20.9 percent from December but down 11.2 percent from a year before.

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Overall Imports. For the year ending in January imports were 69.3 billion SME, up 0.1 percent from a year earlier, as textile imports increased 1.7 percent to 41.8 billion SME and apparel imports fell 2.1 percent to 27.5 billion SME.

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

                       

 

SME

Monthly change %

Annual change %

$ Value

Monthly change %

Annual change %

China

2.47 billion

+4.7

-17.0

$2.47 billion

+13.8

-32.0

India

538.3 million

+20.2

+2.4

$719.5 million

+28.9

-0.2

Vietnam

508.6 million

+28.0

-5.4

$1.39 billion

+28.7

+4.2

Pakistan

260.9 million

+7.5

+2.9

$261.1 million

+4.0

-4.3

Bangladesh

242.4 million

+50.4

+9.3

$637.2 million

+48.7

+16.1

Mexico

197.6 million

+6.6

-6.2

$303.9 million

-0.2

-11.0

Korea

187.7 million

+22.8

-2.7

$80.3 million

+13.4

-10.0

Indonesia

153.0 million

+38.2

+6.4

$445.1 million

+39.7

+3.5

Cambodia

138.4 million

+40.8

+23.9

$318.8 million

+46.3

+25.6

Canada

82.3 million

+13.8

+17.6

$98.6 million

+14.1

+2.5

Taiwan

68.0 million

+11.7

-14.0

$52.9 million

+9.8

-8.8

Honduras

61.2 million

-34.1

-0.9

$155.2 million

-39.5

+1.1

El Salvador

46.8 million

-29.3

-13.0

$121.0 million

-27.6

-2.8

             

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