China Loses Grip on US Apparel in 2011

Apparel imports increased 8% on a dollar basis in 2011, while units (square meter equivalents) declined by 3.6%, according to data released by The Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA). Imports from Cambodia grew the fastest in both dollars and units. Bangladesh and Vietnam each gained the most share – up .3 percentage points during the year.  

China lost the most share of U.S. year-to-date dollar apparel imports in 2011, off 1.3 percentage points compared to a year ago. Mexico, El Salvador and India each lost .1 percentage points.

 

The dollar value per unit (SME) of imported apparel increased almost 13% overall during the year, with product from Pakistan increasing the most, at almost 25%.  The unit value of apparel from Cambodia increased the least, at up 6.5%.

Apparel Imports: FY2011        
MM Dollars and Units        
  Dollars SME % Chg % Chg % Chg
  Millions Millions Dollars SME $/SME
World 77,659 23,864 8.8 -3.6 12.8
China 29,392 9,738 5.1 -6.2 12.1
Vietnam 6,644 1,998 13.1 4.6 8.1
Bangladesh 4,510 1,540 14.8 -4.1 19.7
Indonesia 5,052 1,307 14.2 3.6 10.3
Cambodia 2,592 1,037 16.7 9.5 6.5
India 3,316 900 6.6 -7.3 15.0
Honduras 2,615 1,183 8.3 -7.0 16.5
Mexico 3,804 946 7.4 -0.6 8.1
Pakistan 1,655 626 10.9 -10.3 23.6
El Salvador 1,738 782 6.1 -4.6 11.3
Rest of world 16,341 3,807 10.6 -2.8 13.8
  CBI 8,562 3,276 13.6 -2.0 15.9
  CAFTA – DR 7,853 2,997 11.9 -2.9 15.3
  South Asia 10,900 3,400 11.5 -5.5 18.0
  ASEAN 17,232 5,227 12.0 2.7 9.1
  OECD 2,748 255 11.3 -3.0 14.8