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 6.94 billion square meter equivalents in September 2020, up 1.7 percent from August and 10.9 percent from September 2019. Textile imports totaled 4.48 billion SME, up 1.8 percent for the month and 21.8 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.46 billion SME were up 1.2 percent from August but down 4.6 percent from a year before.

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Overall Imports. Total year-to-date imports were 46.7 billion SME, down 11.8 percent from the previous year, as textile imports fell 4.5 percent to 30.0 billion SME and apparel imports plunged 22.4 percent to 16.7 billion SME.

For the year ending in September, imports were 63.4 billion SME, down 10.4 percent from a year earlier, as textile imports fell 4.1 percent to 40.6 billion SME and apparel imports sank 19.8 percent to 22.9 billion SME.

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

 

 

Country

 

SME

Monthly change %

Annual change %

 

$ Value

Monthly change %

Annual change %

China

3.53 billion

-1.1

+10.4

2.86 billion

-0.3

-20.0

India

594.3 million

+2.8

+18.7

645.9 million

+5.7

+1.2

Vietnam

488.1 million

+8.3

+6.7

1.31 billion

0

-4.1

Pakistan

251.3 million

-0.3

+15.4

282.6 million

+3.7

+12.6

Mexico

232.7 million

-0.1

+13.6

308.3 million

-1.1

-12.0

Bangladesh

188.1 million

-16.7

+8.6

490.7 million

-19.7

-1.3

Cambodia

176.4 million

+19.1

+15.1

320.3 million

+4.7

-4.2

Korea

146.9 million

-14.8

-10.0

62.4 million

-17.8

-25.0

Turkey

121.6 million

+24.5

+35.9

202.3 million

+12.3

+37.4

Indonesia

117.9 million

+2.3

-9.9

321.8 million

+1.1

-23.0

Canada

83.0 million

+5.5

-2.0

115.8 million

+27.1

-12.0

Honduras

82.9 million

-4.7

-10.0

224.0 million

+12.6

-13.0

Taiwan

74.7 million

-0.3

-15.0

$57.2 million

-4.8

-11.0

 

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