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 6.26 billion square meter equivalents in October, down 0.2 percent from September and 8.2 percent from October 2018. Textile imports totaled 3.86 billion SME, up 4.9 percent for the month but down 2.5 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.40 billion SME were down 7.3 percent from September and 16.0 percent from a year before.

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Overall Imports. Total year-to-date imports were 59.3 billion SME, up 3.3 percent from the previous year, as textile imports gained 4.9 percent to 35.3 billion SME and apparel imports rose 1.2 percent to 24.0 billion SME.

For the year ending in October imports were 70.4 billion SME, up 3.9 percent from a year earlier, as textile imports increased 5.6 percent to 42.3 billion SME and apparel imports rose 1.5 percent to 28.1 billion SME.

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

                       

 

SME

Monthly change %

Annual change %

$ Value

Monthly change %

Annual change %

China

3.04 billion

-5.0

-16.0

$3.04 billion

-14.8

-32.0

India

526.4 million

+5.0

+3.4

$676.0 million

+5.9

-3.0

Vietnam

482.0 million

+5.0

-0.7

$1.36 billion

n/a

+17.2

Pakistan

237.2 million

+8.9

+11.1

$264.6 million

+5.5

-0.9

Mexico

225.4 million

+9.6

-2.5

$389.6 million

n/a

-5.7

Bangladesh

181.2 million

+4.6

+1.7

$537.9 million

+8.2

+9.8

Korea

174.0 million

+6.3

+1.5

$82.8 million

+0.2

-2.2

Indonesia

141.7 million

+8.3

-5.7

$449.5 million

+6.8

-7.3

Cambodia

129.9 million

-14.9

+3.4

$302.0 million

-9.6

+15.6

Turkey

97.0 million

+8.5

+6.6

$184.1 million

+25.0

+12.6

Taiwan

77.5 million

-11.3

-12.0

$56.1 million

-12.9

-8.4

Canada

77.4 million

-8.6

-15.0

$114.0 million

-13.6

-9.2

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