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|
|Rest of world||16,341||3,807||10.6||-2.8||13.8|
|CAFTA – DR||7,853||2,997||11.9||-2.9||15.3|