10 June 2010
US apparel imports continued strongly rising in April, according to just published data. China began losing shares of the US market, as its shipments much less rose than from other origins.
US apparel imports continued more strongly recovering in April, with a 13% increase in volume terms, from the same month in 2009.
China began losing market shares on the US import market, with its shipments only rising 9.5%, in volume terms.
By contrast, other competitors in Asia took advantage of a double-digit surge in US apparel imports from these origins.
Imports from Bangladesh rose 26% in volume terms, while imports even gained 31% from Indonesia.
Cambodian shipments rose no less than 44%.
This could be a first sign that US buyers decided less relying on China, after production costs largely rose in this country.
Imports from Mexico and Central America continued recovering in April, in addition.
Over the January-April period, US imports from China are still up 24% in volume terms, the largest growth of leading suppliers.
This is partly due to the comparison with the low level in US imports from China in January 2009 when the removal of US quotas was not yet felt at US ports.
In market share terms, China retained 33.7% of the US apparel imports in the first four months of 2010, far above Vietnam (8.6%) or Indonesia (7.3%).