Imports of textiles and clothing from China decline as other suppliers gain ground

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Importers of textiles and clothing continued to diversify their sources of supply in September, according to statistics from the Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Clothing, as volumes from non-traditional suppliers continued to increase.

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Global imports. Imports of textiles and clothing totaled 8.82 billion square meter equivalents in September 2022, down 3.5% from August but up 6.3% from August 2021. Imports of textiles totaled 6.14 billion SMEs, up 1.0% for the month and 13.3% year-on-year, while apparel imports of 2.68 billion SMEs increased by 12.4% from August but fell 7.0% from a year earlier.

Total imports year-to-date amounted to 85.0 billion SMEs, up 26.2% from a year earlier, with textile imports up 30.6% to 59, 8 billion SMEs and clothing imports by 16.9% to 25.2 billion SMEs.

Total imports for the year ending September 2022 were 112.0 billion SMEs, up 27.3% from the previous year. Textile imports increased by 31.6% to 78.9 billion SMEs while clothing imports increased by 18.3% to 33.1 billion SMEs.

Native country. OTEXA has released the following statistics on textile and apparel imports from major source countries for September 2022.

Country

SME

Annual change %

% change since the beginning of the year

YE change %

China

2.98 billion

-22.9

-2.5

-1.4

India

796.7 million

+24.4

+25.5

+28.6

Egypt

670.4 million

+66.6

+97.8

+150.4

Vietnam

618.6 million

+15.1

+17.7

+16.2

Turkey

434.4 million

+83.3

+197.9

+197.3

Mexico

397.3 million

+40.5

+64.8

+64.0

Malaysia

348.5 million

+1170

+353.0

+342.7

Bangladesh

302.5 million

+17.5

+29.7

+32.1

Pakistan

270.0 million

+8.6

+5.4

+7.1

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