Apparel made up the bulk of U.S. textile and apparel imports in January-March 2022 and was valued at $24.314 billion, while non-apparel imports accounted for $8.053 billion, according to the latest report on Top Shippers, published by the U.S. Department of Commerce. .
U.S. textile and apparel imports continue to grow at a high rate and increased by 31.37% to $32.368 billion in the first three months of 2022 from $24.639 billion in the first three months of 2022. the same period of 2021. With a share of 27.47%, China continues to be the largest supplier of textiles and apparel to the United States, followed by Vietnam with a 13.59% share.
In terms of segment, among the top ten apparel suppliers in the United States, imports from Bangladesh and Indonesia increased by 62.23% and 62.31% respectively year-on-year. Imports from India and Pakistan also increased by around 53-54%. On the other hand, imports from Honduras, which is among the top 10 suppliers, registered a growth of only 20.97% compared to the same period of the previous year.
In the non-apparel category, among the top ten suppliers, imports from Cambodia soared 74.37% year-on-year. Imports from Italy and Vietnam also increased by 35.81% and 25.71% respectively. But imports from Turkey recorded a drop of 4.96%.
Of the total US textile and apparel imports of $32.368 billion during the reporting period, cotton products were worth $14.495 billion, while synthetic fiber products were worth $16.259 billion, followed by $739.258 million. of wool products and $874.120 million of silk products. and vegetable fibers.
In 2020, U.S. imports of textiles and apparel fell sharply, mostly due to COVID-19 pandemic-induced disruptions, to $89.596 billion, from imports of $111.033 billion in 2019. But imports fell rebounded again in 2021 to surpass the pre-pandemic level and ended at $113.938 billion.
Import figures indicate that the US economy is recovering rapidly. Regarding imports of textiles and clothing, the world’s largest economy will continue to support economic recovery in developing countries.
Fibre2Fashion (KUL) Press Office