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 6.39 billion square meter equivalents in August, up 2.4 percent from July and 4.8 percent from August 2017. Textile imports totaled 3.66 billion SME, up 0.5 percent for the month and 7.7 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.73 billion SME were up 5.0 percent from July and 1.3 percent from a year before.

Overall Imports. Total year-to-date imports were 44.6 billion SME, up 4.9 percent from the previous year, as textile imports gained 7.6 percent to 26.3 billion SME and apparel imports rose 1.3 percent to 18.3 billion SME.

For the year ending in August imports were 66.9 billion SME, up 5.2 percent from a year earlier, as textile imports increased 8.4 percent to 39.6 billion SME and apparel imports rose 1.0 percent to 27.3 billion SME.

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

                       

 

SME

Monthly change %

Annual change %

$ Value

Monthly change %

Annual change %

China

3.3 billion

+2.5

+1.0

$4.27 billion

+2.2

-0.5

India

492.5 million

+5.1

+13.9

$674.0 million

+0.2

+6.8

Vietnam

454.4 million

-2.6

+11.3

$1.25 billion

-3.1

+3.6

Pakistan

239.6 million

+17.2

+27.8

$261.3 million

+1.4

+14.5

Mexico

235.0 million

+5.4

+9.4

$423.8 million

-0.1

+1.1

Bangladesh

180.9 million

-7.2

+2.5

$466.5 million

-10.9

-2.1

Korea

153.4 million

-12.2

+15.4

$74.4 million

-13.9

-1.9

Indonesia

134.4 million

+16.2

+6.4

$443.0 million

+14.0

+8.7

Cambodia

100.8 million

-11.8

+3.8

$241.1 million

-9.9

+9.3

Honduras

89.9 million

+1.7

-12.0

$246.4 million

+9.2

-0.7

Canada

84.2 million

-10.8

-6.9

$115.9 million

-1.8

-7.1

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