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US Apparel Imports by Country

Vietnam gained 0.7 percentage points of total US apparel import share in the first eleven months of 2012, growing its share faster than did China, whose share remained stable compared to 2011.
Vietnam’s share increased to 9.2% of total year-to-date apparel imports, making it the second largest trading partner in the category after China.
China’s year-to-date share grew to over 37.9%, driven by significant year-to-date increases in the amount of women’s man-made fiber dresses, blouses and tops. These were offset by sizable drops in women’s cotton apparel.
Shipments of women’s man-made fiber dresses and tops have increased from Vietnam as well, accompanies by steep drops in imports of cotton apparel.
South Asian countries India and Pakistan have suffered the biggest share losses of US apparel imports so far this year, also due to the trend away from cotton.
Imports from the Caribbean (CBI) have remained a stable 11% of US apparel imports. El Salvador’s share has grown as that of Honduras and others have slipped.

 
Apparel Imports: YTD 2012

 
MM Dollars and Units

 

Dollars
SME
% Chg
% Chg
% Chg

Millions
Millions
Dollars
SME
$/SME
World
71,219
21,897
-1.7
-1.8
0.1
China
26,981
9,153
-1.7
0.7
-2.4
Vietnam
6,573
1,971
6.3
5.9
0.4
Bangladesh
4,185
1,423
-1.3
-2.0
0.7
Indonesia
4,562
1,162
-3.3
-4.4
1.2
Cambodia
2,346
959
-2.7
-0.3
-2.4
India
2,842
781
-9.1
-8.2
-1.0
Honduras
2,343
1,027
-3.7
-7.0
3.5
Mexico
3,453
838
-2.0
-5.1
3.2
Pakistan
1,385
545
-11.3
-7.2
-4.5
El Salvador
1,683
722
4.9
-0.4
5.3
Rest of world
14,866
3,316
-2.2
-6.9
5.0
CBI
7,850
2,913
-1.5
-4.7
3.4
CAFTA – DR
7,174
2,663
-1.9
-4.7
3.0
South Asia
9,783
3,057
-4.6
-4.6
-0.1
ASEAN
15,988
4,810
-0.4
-1.2
0.8
OECD
2,608
234
2.8
-1.3
4.1