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US textile & apparel imports rise 3.45% Jan-Sept'13
Nov '13
The imports of textiles and apparel by the United States increased by 3.45 percent year-on-year to $78.960 billion during January to September 2013, according to the Major Shippers Report, released by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
China led the list of countries from which the US imported textiles and clothing during the nine-month period, followed by Vietnam, India, Indonesia and Bangladesh.
The US imported $31.301 billion worth of textiles and garments from China, accounting for a 39.93 percent share of all textiles and clothing imported by the US in the first three quarters of 2013.
Vietnam’s textile and clothing exports to the US stood at $6.553 billion during the period under review, registering an increase of 14.13 percent over exports of $5.742 billion made during the corresponding period of last year.
US’ textile and apparel imports from India, Indonesia and Bangladesh stood at $4.759 billion, $4.047 billion and $3.991 billion, respectively, during the period.
Category-wise, the US apparel imports were valued at $60.257 billion, up 3.72 percent year-on-year, while non-apparel imports were worth $18.703 billion, up 2.58 percent year-on-year, from January to September 2013.
Cotton products, including cotton apparel, imported by the US were valued at $38.916 billion, up 1.92 percent year-on-year, during the nine-month period.
Similarly, man-made fibre products imports by the US increased by 6.22 percent year-on-year to $35.263 billion.
However, wool products imports declined by 2.65 percent year-on-year to $3.407 billion, and silk and vegetable fibre products dipped by 5.16 percent year-on-year to $1.373 billion.
In 2012, the US imported $100.931 billion worth of textiles and apparel, with the apparel category accounting for $76.811 billion, and the non-apparel category contributing the remaining $24.120 billion.

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