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 6.27 billion square meter equivalents in January, up 12.8 percent from December and 12.4 percent from January 2018. Textile imports totaled 3.67 billion SME, up 5.8 percent for the month and 15.2 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.61 billion SME were up 24.3 percent from December and 8.7 percent from a year before.

For the year ending in January imports were 69.3 billion SME, up 6.8 percent from a year earlier, as textile imports increased 9.0 percent to 41.2 billion SME and apparel imports rose 3.6 percent to 28.1 billion SME.

OTEXA has reported the following statistics on textile and apparel imports from major source countries for January 2019.

                       

 

SME

Monthly change %

Annual change %

$ Value

Monthly change %

Annual change %

China

3.0 billion

+4.2

+9.4

$3.62 billion

+17.2

+6.9

Vietnam

537.3 million

+62.1

+27.3

$1.34 billion

+49.4

+15.6

India

526.6 million

+24.6

+16.0

$722.6 million

+34.7

+11.9

Pakistan

253.7 million

+23.1

+15.0

$273.0 million

+24.9

+9.6

Bangladesh

223.1 million

+33.5

+4.5

$552.1 million

+36.2

+8.7

Mexico

213.0 million

+8.1

+12.6

$342.6 million

+4.4

-7.6

Korea

192.9 million

+12.6

+67.2

$89.6 million

+19.5

+31.4

Indonesia

144.0 million

+34.7

-2.0

$430.7 million

+30.9

+2.1

Turkey

84.3 million

+4.3

+27.4

$144.2 million

+8.3

+9.3

Taiwan

79.3 million

+20.7

+19.0

$58.1 million

+29.1

+6.1

Canada

70.0 million

-0.7

-30.0

$96.3 million

+6.4

-10.0

Germany

65.7 million

n/a

+48.5

$43.3 million

n/a

+23.2

Honduras

61.8 million

-27.8

-9.3

$153.6 million

-31.9

-0.8

For more information on trade-related issues affecting textiles and apparel, please contact Elise Shibles at (415) 490-1403.

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