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Trends in US Textile and Clothing Imports. , May 2015

This 2015 update contains analysis and insight into the USA's top ten foreign suppliers of textiles and clothing in 2014, along with more specific information on cotton coats, wool coats, cotton dresses, cotton knitted shirts, cotton woven shirts, cotton skirts, man-made fibre skirts, cotton trousers, blue denim trousers, cotton and man-made fibre baby garments, cotton pile towels, and other cotton apparel. The report also includes appendices containing information and data on exchange rates, the effect of quota liberalisation on US imports, the impact of China's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and historical trends in US imports, as well as an outlook for 2015 and beyond. In 2014 US textile and clothing imports rose in volume terms to a record high. Clothing continued to account for the largest share of total textile and clothing imports and man-made fibre clothing accounted for the largest share of clothing imports for the first time in several years. There was a fall in the average price of US textile and clothing imports but there were increases in the average prices of textile and clothing imports from five of the USA's ten largest supplying countries. In clothing alone, there were increases in the average prices of imports from seven of the ten largest supplying countries. China remained by far the USA's biggest textile and clothing supplier. Furthermore, China's share of imports from all sources was up in volume terms, although it was down in terms of value. Among the other nine supplying countries which ranked among the leading ten, India and Vietnam gained share in value and volume terms, while Honduras and Mexico gained share in value terms but lost share in terms of volume. The remaining five countries lost share in value and volume terms.

Table of Contents

SUMMARY

INTRODUCTION

  • Imports
  • Import prices
  • Influence of the US economy on imports
  • Outlook

US IMPORTS OF TEXTILES AND CLOTHING BY MAIN CATEGORY: YARNS, FABRICS, APPAREL AND MADE-UP TEXTILES

US IMPORTS OF TEXTILES AND CLOTHING BY FIBRE TYPE

MAJOR SUPPLIERS OF US TEXTILE AND CLOTHING IMPORTS

  • China
  • Asean
  • South Asia
  • Nafta countries: Mexico and Canada
  • CAFTA-DR and CBI countries

SUPPLIER CONCENTRATION

OUTLOOK FOR US TEXTILE AND CLOTHING IMPORTS

  • Key developments in 2014
  • Outlook for 2015 and beyond

US IMPORTS OF TEXTILES

  • General trends
  • Leading ten supplying countries
  • Best and worst performers
  • Highest and lowest import prices
  • Price movements

US IMPORTS OF CLOTHING

  • General trends
  • Leading ten supplying countries
  • Best and worst performers
  • Highest and lowest import prices
  • Price movements

US IMPORTS OF MEN'S AND BOYS' COTTON COATS

  • General trends
  • Leading ten supplying countries
  • Best and worst performers
  • Highest and lowest import prices
  • Price movements

US IMPORTS OF WOMEN'S AND GIRLS' COTTON COATS

  • General trends
  • Leading ten supplying countries
  • Best and worst performers
  • Highest and lowest import prices
  • Price movements

US IMPORTS OF WOMEN'S AND GIRLS' WOOL COATS

  • General trends
  • Leading ten supplying countries
  • Best and worst performers
  • Highest and lowest import prices
  • Price movements

US IMPORTS OF COTTON DRESSES

  • General trends
  • Leading ten supplying countries
  • Best and worst performers
  • Highest and lowest import prices
  • Price movements

US IMPORTS OF MEN'S AND BOYS' COTTON KNITTED SHIRTS

  • General trends
  • Leading ten supplying countries
  • Best and worst performers
  • Highest and lowest import prices
  • Price movements

US IMPORTS OF WOMEN'S AND GIRLS' COTTON KNITTED SHIRTS

  • General trends
  • Leading ten supplying countries
  • 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
  • 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
  • Best and worst performers
  • 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
  • Price movements

US IMPORTS OF MAN-MADE FIBRE SKIRTS

  • General trends
  • Leading ten supplying countries
  • 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
  • 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
  • Price movements

US IMPORTS OF MEN'S AND BOYS' BLUE DENIM TROUSERS

  • General trends
  • Leading ten supplying countries
  • Best and worst performers
  • Highest and lowest import prices
  • Price movements

US IMPORTS OF WOMEN'S AND GIRLS' BLUE DENIM TROUSERS

  • General trends
  • Leading ten supplying countries
  • Best and worst performers
  • Highest and lowest import prices
  • Price movements

US IMPORTS OF COTTON AND MAN-MADE FIBRE BABY GARMENTS

  • General trends
  • Leading ten supplying countries
  • Best and worst performers
  • Highest and lowest import prices
  • Price movements

US IMPORTS OF COTTON PILE TOWELS

  • General trends
  • Leading ten supplying countries
  • Best and worst performers
  • Highest and lowest import prices
  • Price movements

US IMPORTS OF OTHER COTTON APPAREL

  • General trends
  • Leading ten supplying countries
  • Best and worst performers
  • Highest and lowest import prices
  • Price movements

APPENDIX 1: EXCHANGE RATES AND THE PHASING-OUT OF QUOTAS

  • Exchange rates
  • The phasing-out of quotas
  • Impact of quota elimination and safeguard restrictions on US imports from China

APPENDIX 2: HISTORICAL TRENDS IN US IMPORTS FROM SELECTED MAJOR SUPPLIERS

  • Vietnam
  • Bangladesh
  • Pakistan
  • Mexico
  • The Big Three: Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan

APPENDIX 3: LEADING TEN CATEGORIES OF US CLOTHING IMPORTS

List of tables

  • Table 1: USA: imports of MFA yarns, fabrics, apparel and made-up textiles, 1991-2014
  • Table 2: USA: imports of MFA textiles and apparel by fibre type, 1978-2014
  • Table 3: USA: share of the import market held by the leading ten suppliers, selected product categories, 1990-2014
  • Table 4: USA: leading ten suppliers of MFA textiles, 2000-14
  • Table 5: USA: leading ten suppliers of MFA clothing, 2000-14
  • Table 6: USA: leading ten suppliers of men's and boys' cotton coats (Category 334), 2000-14
  • Table 7: USA: leading ten suppliers of women's and girls' cotton coats (Category 335), 2000- 14
  • Table 8: USA: leading ten suppliers of women's and girls' wool coats (Category 435), 2000- 14
  • Table 9: USA: leading ten suppliers of cotton dresses (Category 336), 2000-14
  • Table 10: USA: leading ten suppliers of men's and boys' cotton knitted shirts (Category 338), 2000-14
  • Table 11: USA: leading ten suppliers of women's and girls' cotton knitted shirts (Category 339), 2000-14
  • Table 12: USA: leading ten suppliers of men's and boys' cotton woven shirts (Category 340), 2000-14
  • Table 13: USA: leading ten suppliers of women's and girls' cotton woven shirts (Category 341), 2000-14
  • Table 14: USA: leading ten suppliers of cotton skirts (Category 342), 2000-14
  • Table 15: USA: leading ten suppliers of man-made fibre skirts (Category 642), 2000-14
  • Table 16: USA: leading ten suppliers of men's and boys' cotton trousers (Category 347), 2000-14
  • Table 17: USA: leading ten suppliers of women's and girls' cotton trousers (Category 348), 2000-14
  • Table 18: USA: leading ten suppliers of men's and boys' blue denim trousers (Category 347- D), 2000-14
  • Table 19: USA: leading ten suppliers of women's and girls' blue denim trousers (Category 348-D), 2000-14
  • Table 20: USA: leading ten suppliers of cotton and man-made fibre baby garments (Category 239), 2000-14
  • Table 21: USA: leading ten suppliers of cotton pile towels (Category 363), 2000-14
  • Table 22: USA: leading ten suppliers of other cotton apparel (Category 359), 2000-14
  • Table 23: Changes in the exchange rates of selected Asian countries and the EU against the US dollar, 2nd qtr 1997-2014
  • Table 24: US schedule for integrating textile and clothing trade, 1995-2005
  • Table 25: USA: growth of textile and clothing imports from China and associated price changes, selected categories, 2008 and 2009
  • Table 26: USA: leading ten categories of clothing imports, 2000-14
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