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Textile Outlook International
Issue 140:
August 2009

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Editorial: Even China Is Struggling in the Recession-Hit US Textile and Apparel Market--Despite the Lifting of Quotas (4 pages)
Product Life Cycle Management in the Textile and Apparel Industry (24 pages)
Survey of the European Fabric Fairs for Spring/Summer 2010 (17 pages)
World markets for textile machinery: part 1 -- yarn manufacture, August 2009 (37 pages)
Anti-Odour Clothing: Bringing Fresh Appeal to the Textile and Apparel Market (32 pages)
Trends in US textile and clothing imports, August 2009 (76 pages)

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US imports of textiles and clothing fell for the first time in seven years in 2008—by 5.2% to 50.4 bn sme (square metres equivalent)—after growing by an average of 8.4% per annum between 2001 and 2007. Within the 2008 total, imports of apparel fell by 2.7%, imports of made-up textiles by 5.4%, fabric imports by 9.3% and yarn imports by 11.1%. Of these four categories, apparel continued to account for the highest share of total imports. Furthermore, at 45.1%, this share was up from 43.9% a year earlier. By contrast, the share of made-up textiles fell for the first time in 11 years although, at 33.6%, it was still double the share held by these items in 1997. Meanwhile, the share of fabric imports fell for the sixth consecutive year and that of yarn imports for the fourth consecutive year. In terms of fibre type, cotton dominated US apparel imports in 2008 with a share of 60.4%. But man-made fibres dominated imports of textile and apparel products as a whole with a 54.6% share.

US import prices rose for a third successive year in 2008, following several years of decline. The rise in 2008 was led by China. By contrast, there were falls in the average prices of imports from Vietnam and India—the USA’s second and third largest suppliers of textiles and apparel respectively.

China strengthened its lead as the USA’s biggest supplier in 2008, in both value and volume terms. However, growth in imports from China slowed to just 1.1% in value terms—and in volume terms imports from China actually fell by 3.6%. Despite these developments, China’s share of the US import market grew slightly in 2008—from 33.5% to 35.1% in value terms and from 40.3% to 40.9% in volume. The fastest growing supplier, however, was Vietnam, and the country became the USA’s second largest supplier in terms of value. By contrast, exporters in Indonesia and Cambodia, two other members of Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), struggled to maintain their shares of the market. Similarly, in South Asia, US imports from India and Pakistan fell in value terms, although imports from Bangladesh increased by 11.1%. Imports from Mexico fell in both value and volume in 2008. The drop in value was the seventh in succession, while the volume fall was the fourth in a row. Countries which are signatories to the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) also supplied less in 2008, at least in value terms. However, imports from Honduras—the largest supplier in CAFTA-DR—fared well, having increased by 3.7% in value and 9.4% in volume.

Table of Contents
Trends in US Textile and Clothing Imports
  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • US Imports of Textiles and Clothing by Main Category: Yarns, Fabrics, Apparel and Made-Up Textiles
  • US Imports of Textiles and Clothing by Fibre Type
  • Major Suppliers of US Textile and Clothing Imports
  • US Textile and Clothing Import Prices
  • Supplier Concentration
  • Outlook for US Textile and Clothing Imports
  • US Imports of Men’s and Boys’ Cotton Coats
  • US Imports of Women’s and Girls’ Cotton Coats
  • US Imports of Women’s and Girls’ Wool Coats
  • US Imports of Cotton Dresses
  • US Imports of Men’s and Boys’ Cotton Knitted Shirts
  • US Imports of Women’s and Girls’ Cotton Knitted Shirts
  • US Imports of Men’s and Boys’ Cotton Non-Knitted (Woven) Shirts
  • US Imports of Women’s and Girls’ Cotton Non-Knitted (Woven) Shirts
  • US Imports of Cotton Skirts
  • US Imports of Man-Made Fibre Skirts
  • US Imports of Men’s and Boys’ Cotton Trousers
  • US Imports of Women’s and Girls’ Cotton Trousers
  • US Imports of Cotton and Man-Made Fibre Baby Garments
  • US Imports of Cotton Pile Towels
  • US Imports of Other Cotton Apparel
  • Appendix: Exchange Rates and the Phasing-Out of Quotas
  • Statistical Appendix

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