28 March 2016 - Year after year, Central America has lost shares of the US apparel import market, especially in volume terms. The clothing industry of this region is now threatened by the duty-free access offered to Vietnam under the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Central America however retains strong positions with specific market segments, as reflected by our series of tables and charts displaying a comprehensive view of the US apparel imports from CAFTA-DR. Specific data are also supplied for Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic.
6 March 2014 - Central America again lost shares of the US apparel import market in 2013, but succeeded in a few specific categories, being now able to deliver man-made fiber products to the US market at competitive prices. Our report offers a comprehensive statistical analysis per category of US apparel imports from CAFTA-DR compared with total US imports and shipments. Comprehensive data are available for download.
9 October 2013 -Although CAFTA-DR has lost shares of US apparel import market in past years, shipments from the region are now slowly recovering especially in the MMF categories. Our report offers a comprehensive statistical analysis per category of US apparel imports from CAFTA-DR compared with total US imports and shipments. Comprehensive data are available for download.
3 April 2013 - Central American countries again lost shares of the US apparel import market in last year, after a short-lived rebound in 2011. The duty-free access and the proximity no more offset the lack of price competitiveness. We below provide a full statistical analysis comparing US apparel imports from CAFTA-DR with other origins, especially China.
1 February 2013 - US apparel imports from Honduras saw a shrinkage in volume and dollar terms in past year. This is mostly explained by the lower US apparel market, and intense competition with the emerging Asian countries such as Bangladesh and Vietnam. Our statistical tables provide a detailed view of Honduras apparel export data, with US imports per category in January-November and a comparison with other CAFTA countries.
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