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Trends in US textile and clothing imports, February 2018

Trends in US textile and clothing imports, February 2018

This 2018 update contains analysis and insight into the USA's top ten foreign suppliers of textiles and clothing in 2017, along with more specific information on US imports of cotton dresses, cotton knitted shirts, cotton non-knitted (woven) shirts, cotton skirts, cotton trousers, cotton underwear, man-made fibre bras, man-made fibre dresses, man-made fibre knitted shirts, man-made fibre skirts and man-made fibre trousers. The report also includes an outlook for 2018 and beyond, and a statistical appendix containing data on exchange rates and US imports of cotton coats, cotton pile towels, denim trousers, man-made fibre baby garments, other cotton apparel and wool coats. In 2017 US textile and clothing imports rose in value and volume terms after declines in the previous year although the average price of US textile and clothing imports fell for the sixth year in succession to a record low aided by declines in the prices of raw materials. Apparel continued to account for the largest share of US textile and clothing imports but this share was down to its lowest level in at least 27 years. In terms of fibre type, man-made fibres accounted for the largest share of US apparel imports for the fourth consecutive year. China remained by far the USA's biggest textile and clothing supplier. Furthermore, China's share of total US textile and clothing imports reached a record high in volume terms although China's share in value terms fell to its lowest level since 2008. India, Mexico and Vietnam all gained share in value and volume terms. Meanwhile, Cambodia and Pakistan maintained their shares but Bangladesh, Honduras, Indonesia and Sri Lanka lost share


  • SUMMARY
  • INTRODUCTION
    • GENERAL TRENDS IN US TEXTILE AND CLOTHING IMPORTS
    • GENERAL TRENDS IN US TEXTILE AND CLOTHING IMPORT PRICES
    • GENERAL TRENDS IN US TEXTILE AND CLOTHING IMPORTS BY SUPPLYING COUNTRY IN 2017
    • INFLUENCE OF THE US ECONOMY ON IMPORTS
    • OUTLOOK FOR US TEXTILE AND CLOTHING IMPORTS IN 2018
  • US IMPORTS OF TEXTILES AND CLOTHING BY MAIN CATEGORY: YARNS, FABRICS, APPAREL AND MADE-UP TEXTILES
    • Table USA: imports of MFA yarns, fabrics, apparel and made-up textiles, 1995-2017
  • US IMPORTS OF TEXTILES AND CLOTHING BY FIBRE TYPE
    • Table USA: imports of MFA textiles and apparel by fibre type, 1978-2017
  • MAJOR SUPPLIERS OF US TEXTILE AND CLOTHING IMPORTS
    • US TEXTILE AND CLOTHING IMPORTS FROM CHINA
    • US TEXTILE AND CLOTHING IMPORTS FROM ASEAN COUNTRIES
    • SOUTH ASIA
    • NAFTA COUNTRIES: MEXICO AND CANADA
    • CAFTA-DR AND CBI COUNTRIES
  • US IMPORTS OF TEXTILES
    • GENERAL TRENDS
      • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of MFA textiles, 2005-17
  • US IMPORTS OF CLOTHING
    • GENERAL TRENDS
      • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of MFA apparel, 2005-17
    • INCREASE IN SOURCING FROM ASIA?
  • US IMPORTS OF MEN’S AND BOYS’ COTTON KNITTED SHIRTS
    • GENERAL TRENDS
    • LEADING TEN SUPPLYING COUNTRIES
    • BEST AND WORST PERFORMERS
      • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of men’s and boys’ cotton knitted shirts (Category 338), 2005-17
    • HIGHEST AND LOWEST IMPORT PRICES
    • PRICE MOVEMENTS
  • US IMPORTS OF WOMEN’S AND GIRLS’ COTTON KNITTED SHIRTS
    • GENERAL TRENDS
      • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of women’s and girls’ cotton knitted shirts (Category 339), 2005-17
    • LEADING TEN SUPPLYING COUNTRIES
    • BEST AND WORST PERFORMERS
    • HIGHEST AND LOWEST IMPORT PRICES
    • PRICE MOVEMENTS
  • US IMPORTS OF MEN’S AND BOYS’ MAN-MADE FIBRE KNITTED SHIRTS
    • GENERAL TRENDS
    • LEADING TEN SUPPLYING COUNTRIES
      • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of men’s and boys’ man-made fibre knitted shirts (Category 638), 2005-17
    • BEST AND WORST PERFORMERS
    • HIGHEST AND LOWEST IMPORT PRICES
    • PRICE MOVEMENTS
  • US IMPORTS OF WOMEN’S AND GIRLS’ MAN-MADE FIBRE KNITTED SHIRTS
    • GENERAL TRENDS
    • LEADING TEN SUPPLYING COUNTRIES
      • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of women’s and girls’ man-made fibre knitted shirts (Category 639), 2005-17
    • BEST AND WORST PERFORMERS
    • HIGHEST AND LOWEST IMPORT PRICES
    • PRICE MOVEMENTS
  • US IMPORTS OF MEN’S AND BOYS’ COTTON NON-KNITTED (WOVEN) SHIRTS
    • GENERAL TRENDS
    • LEADING TEN SUPPLYING COUNTRIES
      • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of men’s and boys’ cotton woven shirts (Category 340), 2005-17
    • BEST AND WORST PERFORMERS
    • HIGHEST AND LOWEST IMPORT PRICES
    • PRICE MOVEMENTS
  • US IMPORTS OF WOMEN’S AND GIRLS’ COTTON NON-KNITTED (WOVEN) SHIRTS
    • GENERAL TRENDS
    • LEADING TEN SUPPLYING COUNTRIES
      • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of women’s and girls’ cotton woven shirts (Category 341), 2005-17
    • BEST AND WORST PERFORMERS
    • HIGHEST AND LOWEST IMPORT PRICES
    • PRICE MOVEMENTS
  • US IMPORTS OF MEN’S AND BOYS’ COTTON TROUSERS
    • GENERAL TRENDS
    • LEADING TEN SUPPLYING COUNTRIES
    • BEST AND WORST PERFORMERS
      • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of men’s and boys’ cotton trousers (Category 347), 2005-17
    • HIGHEST AND LOWEST IMPORT PRICES
    • PRICE MOVEMENTS
  • US IMPORTS OF WOMEN’S AND GIRLS’ COTTON TROUSERS
    • GENERAL TRENDS
    • LEADING TEN SUPPLYING COUNTRIES
    • BEST AND WORST PERFORMERS
    • HIGHEST AND LOWEST IMPORT PRICES
      • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of women’s and girls’ cotton trousers (Category 348), 2005-17
    • PRICE MOVEMENTS
  • US IMPORTS OF MEN’S AND BOYS’ MAN-MADE FIBRE TROUSERS
    • GENERAL TRENDS
    • LEADING TEN SUPPLYING COUNTRIES
    • BEST AND WORST PERFORMERS
    • HIGHEST AND LOWEST IMPORT PRICES
      • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of men’s and boys’ man-made fibre trousers (Category 647), 2005-17
    • PRICE MOVEMENTS
  • US IMPORTS OF WOMEN’S AND GIRLS’ MAN-MADE FIBRE TROUSERS
    • GENERAL TRENDS
    • LEADING TEN SUPPLYING COUNTRIES
    • BEST AND WORST PERFORMERS
    • HIGHEST AND LOWEST IMPORT PRICES
      • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of women’s and girls’ man-made fibre trousers (Category 648), 2005-17
    • PRICE MOVEMENTS
  • US IMPORTS OF COTTON DRESSES
    • GENERAL TRENDS
    • LEADING TEN SUPPLYING COUNTRIES
      • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of cotton dresses (Category 336), 2005-17
    • BEST AND WORST PERFORMERS
    • HIGHEST AND LOWEST IMPORT PRICES
    • PRICE MOVEMENTS
  • US IMPORTS OF MAN-MADE FIBRE DRESSES
    • GENERAL TRENDS
    • LEADING TEN SUPPLYING COUNTRIES
    • BEST AND WORST PERFORMERS
      • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of man-made fibre dresses (Category 636), 2005-17
    • HIGHEST AND LOWEST IMPORT PRICES
    • PRICE MOVEMENTS
  • US IMPORTS OF COTTON SKIRTS
    • GENERAL TRENDS
    • LEADING TEN SUPPLYING COUNTRIES
    • BEST AND WORST PERFORMERS
    • HIGHEST AND LOWEST IMPORT PRICES
      • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of cotton skirts (Category 342), 2005-17
    • PRICE MOVEMENTS
  • US IMPORTS OF MAN-MADE FIBRE SKIRTS
    • GENERAL TRENDS
    • LEADING TEN SUPPLYING COUNTRIES
      • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of man-made fibre skirts (Category 642), 2005-17
    • BEST AND WORST PERFORMERS
    • HIGHEST AND LOWEST IMPORT PRICES
    • PRICE MOVEMENTS
  • US IMPORTS OF MAN-MADE FIBRE BRAS
    • GENERAL TRENDS
    • LEADING TEN SUPPLYING COUNTRIES
    • BEST AND WORST PERFORMERS
    • HIGHEST AND LOWEST IMPORT PRICES
      • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of man-made fibre bras (Category 649), 2005-17
    • PRICE MOVEMENTS
  • US IMPORTS OF COTTON UNDERWEAR
    • GENERAL TRENDS
    • LEADING TEN SUPPLYING COUNTRIES
      • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of cotton underwear (Category 352), 2005-17
    • BEST AND WORST PERFORMERS
    • HIGHEST AND LOWEST IMPORT PRICES
    • PRICE MOVEMENTS
  • STATISTICAL APPENDIX
    • Table Trends in average exchange rates against the US dollar: selected countries and the EU, 2010-17 (units of currency per US$)
    • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of men’s and boys’ cotton coats (Category 334), 2005-17
    • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of women’s and girls’ cotton coats (Category 335), 2005-17
    • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of women’s and girls’ wool coats (Category 435), 2005-17
    • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of men’s and boys’ blue denim trousers (Category 347-D), 2005-17
    • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of women’s and girls’ blue denim trousers (Category 348-D), 2005-17
    • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of cotton and man-made fibre baby garments (Category 239), 2005-17
    • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of cotton pile towels (Category 363), 2005-17
    • Table USA: leading ten suppliersa of other cotton apparel (Category 359), 2005-17
    • Table USA: leading ten categoriesa of apparel imports, 2005-17

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