Trade and trade policy: the US clothing import market, November 2017

Trade and trade policy: the US clothing import market, November 2017

This report provides vital data and analysis of trends in the US clothing import market. Also, the report 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. In 2016 US clothing imports fell in value and volume terms. Furthermore, the average price of US clothing imports fell for the fifth consecutive year to its third lowest level for several years, aided by noticeable declines in raw material costs. China remained the USA's largest clothing supplier in 2016. However, US clothing imports from China fell sharply between 2015 and 2016, and China's share of US imports from all sources declined. There were also falls in US clothing imports from Cambodia in value and volume terms and, like China, the country lost market share. US clothing imports from Honduras, Mexico and Sri Lanka fell in value and volume at rates which were similar to the falls in US clothing imports from all sources. As a result, all three countries more or less maintained their market shares. US clothing imports from Bangladesh also fell in value and volume terms but the falls were only modest and the country gained market share. US clothing imports from El Salvador, India and Indonesia fell modestly in value but rose in volume while US clothing imports from Vietnam rose in value and volume terms and all four countries gained market share.


  • SUMMARY
  • INTRODUCTION
    • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of MFA clothing, 2005-16
    • OUTLOOK
  • US CLOTHING IMPORTS FROM CHINA
    • Table USA: imports of selected categories from China, 2014-16
  • US CLOTHING IMPORTS FROM VIETNAM
    • Table USA: imports of selected categories from Vietnam, 2014-16
  • US CLOTHING IMPORTS FROM BANGLADESH
    • Table USA: imports of selected categories from Bangladesh, 2014-16
  • US CLOTHING IMPORTS FROM INDONESIA
    • Table USA: imports of selected categories from Indonesia, 2014-16
  • US CLOTHING IMPORTS FROM INDIA
    • Table USA: imports of selected categories from India, 2014-16
  • US CLOTHING IMPORTS FROM MEXICO
    • Table USA: imports of selected categories from Mexico, 2014-16
  • US CLOTHING IMPORTS FROM HONDURAS
    • Table USA: imports of selected categories from Honduras, 2014-16
  • US CLOTHING IMPORTS FROM CAMBODIA
    • Table USA: imports of selected categories from Cambodia, 2014-16
  • US CLOTHING IMPORTS FROM SRI LANKA
    • Table USA: imports of selected categories from Sri Lanka, 2014-16
  • US CLOTHING IMPORTS FROM EL SALVADOR
    • Table USA: imports of selected categories from El Salvador, 2014-16
  • STATISTICAL APPENDIX
    • Table USA: imports of selected categories from all sources, 2014-16

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