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US apparel imports continue to soar in June

SOURCE: 10 Aug 2021

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The top apparel and textile suppliers to the US saw significant growth in the first half of 2020, with El Salvador and India leading the table, new figures show.

The latest figures from the Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) show the volume of US apparel imports from all sources dropped by 1.85% month-on-month in June to 2,323 million square meters (MM2), down from 2,280 MM2 in May.

Compared to the same month last year, the US saw a 55.2% spike in apparel shipment volumes. In value terms, imports were up 55.5% to US$6.16bn on the prior-year period. It is, however, difficult to draw comparisons on a year-on-year basis due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and factory closures worldwide which skewed last year’s results.

In terms of individual supplier countries, all of the top ten recorded substantial year-on-year increases in apparel import volumes during June.

China, the largest supplier of apparel to the US saw shipment growth of 42.9% to 928 MM2, nearly triple that of the second-largest supplier Vietnam, which recorded shipment growth of 21.6% to $324 MM2.

El Salvador recorded by far the largest growth in June, which spiked 537.8% to 59 MM2. This was followed by India, which saw shipments jump 241.4% to 96 MM2.

Honduras and Bangladesh also recorded triple-digit increases, of 161.6% and 133.5% respectively to 82 MM2 and 193 MM2.

Of the remaining ten countries, Cambodia saw shipments grow 10.3% to 66 MM2, while Pakistan’s jumped 85.8% to 73 MM2. Double-digit increases were also recorded by Indonesia and Mexico, at 51.6% and 21.6% respectively, to 76 MM2 and 80 MM2 for the month of June.

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