6 January 2010
US imports of man-made fiber knit shirts sharply fell in the men's and boys' segment over the first three quarters of 2009 while surprisingly resisting in the women's and girls' category. The surge in shipments from China did not curb a strong rise of imports from Vietnam while most other origins were spectacularly sliding.
US imports sharply declined in category 638 (men's and boys' man-made fiber knit shirts) over the first three quarters of 2009 while much more resisting in 639 (same product for women and girls).
In both categories, nevertheless, China not surprisingly gained large market shares after US quotas were eliminated, from January 1st.
Honduras remained the leading supplier in 638 (men and boys), however, although shipments fell no less than 47% in volume terms.
In 639 by contrast, China is already by far the main provider of W/G man-made fiber knit shirts, following a surge of 63% in volume terms in the January-September period.
Vietnamese shipments also sharply increased, although less dramatically (+ 26% in volume terms).
China and Vietnam already together conquered more than 50% of the US import market in volume terms (38% and 13.6%, respectively).
Unit prices strongly fell from both origins over the period in both categories.
Chinese unit values lost 17.3% and 22% in 638 and 639, respectively, partly reflecting a shift to less sophisticated products after limits were removed.
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