Global apparel trade and trade policy: the US clothing import market, June 2019

This report provides vital data and analysis of trends in the US clothing import market. Also, it focuses in detail on clothing imports into the USA from ten key supplying countries, namely Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, El Salvador, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. US clothing imports rose in volume terms to reach their highest level on record in 2018. Imports also rose in value terms reaching their second highest level on record and the average price of US clothing imports rose for the first time in seven years. China remained the USA's largest clothing supplier in 2018, but US clothing imports from China rose only modestly between 2017 and 2018. Overall, China's share of US clothing imports from all sources declined in value terms, and remained stable in terms of volume. There were falls in the shares of US clothing imports which came from El Salvador, Indonesia, Mexico and Sri Lanka as US clothing imports from these four countries either declined or rose only modestly. By contrast, the shares of US clothing imports which came from Bangladesh, Cambodia and Vietnam rose, reflecting strong growth in imports from all three countries. Meanwhile, the share of US clothing imports which came from India remained more or less stable, and Honduras gained share in value terms but suffered a decline in share in terms of volume.

This report provides vital data and analysis of trends in the US clothing import market. Also, it focuses in detail on clothing imports into the USA from ten key supplying countries, namely Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, El Salvador, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. US clothing imports rose in volume terms to reach their highest level on record in 2018. Imports also rose in value terms reaching their second highest level on record and the average price of US clothing imports rose for the first time in seven years. China remained the USA's largest clothing supplier in 2018, but US clothing imports from China rose only modestly between 2017 and 2018. Overall, China's share of US clothing imports from all sources declined in value terms, and remained stable in terms of volume. There were falls in the shares of US clothing imports which came from El Salvador, Indonesia, Mexico and Sri Lanka as US clothing imports from these four countries either declined or rose only modestly. By contrast, the shares of US clothing imports which came from Bangladesh, Cambodia and Vietnam rose, reflecting strong growth in imports from all three countries. Meanwhile, the share of US clothing imports which came from India remained more or less stable, and Honduras gained share in value terms but suffered a decline in share in terms of volume.


  • SUMMARY
  • INTRODUCTION
    • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of MFA clothing, 2005-18
    • OUTLOOK
  • US CLOTHING IMPORTS FROM CHINA
    • Table USA: imports of selected categories from China, 2016-18
  • US CLOTHING IMPORTS FROM VIETNAM
    • Table USA: imports of selected categories from Vietnam, 2016-18
  • US CLOTHING IMPORTS FROM BANGLADESH
    • Table USA: imports of selected categories from Bangladesh, 2016-18
  • US CLOTHING IMPORTS FROM INDONESIA
    • Table USA: imports of selected categories from Indonesia, 2016-18
  • US CLOTHING IMPORTS FROM INDIA
    • Table USA: imports of selected categories from India, 2016-18
  • US CLOTHING IMPORTS FROM MEXICO
    • Table USA: imports of selected categories from Mexico, 2016-18
  • US CLOTHING IMPORTS FROM HONDURAS
    • Table USA: imports of selected categories from Honduras, 2016-18
  • US CLOTHING IMPORTS FROM CAMBODIA
    • Table USA: imports of selected categories from Cambodia, 2016-18
  • US CLOTHING IMPORTS FROM EL SALVADOR
    • Table USA: imports of selected categories from El Salvador, 2016-18
  • US CLOTHING IMPORTS FROM SRI LANKA
    • Table USA: imports of selected categories from Sri Lanka, 2016-18
  • STATISTICAL APPENDIX
    • Table USA: imports of selected categories from all sources, 2016-18

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