12 April 2016 - With China's share of the US apparel import market retreating in key categories of products, there is a tough competition between other origins for the leadership. Not only Vietnam and Bangladesh, but also India, Indonesia, Honduras and even Jordan are emerging as favored suppliers, as a sign that US buyers are diversifying their sources. This is clearly reflected by our series of tables offering a detailed view of US imports per origin, for major cotton and man-made fiber categories. Full data are extracted from our database, and available for premium subscribers.
6 April 2016 - US apparel imports have been very strong in February, even surging from China and Vietnam, due to an accelerated shift from cotton to cheaper man-made fiber apparel. The monthly review covers US apparel import data, with historical trends being analyzed over the 2000-2016 period, including cotton vs man-made fiber apparel, and China vs Rest of World (RoW) and vs Vietnam.
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.
11 February 2016 - China's share has slightly declined on the US apparel import market in full 2015. The leading supplier has retained a very strong position, as the surge in Chinese labor costs has been overcome by lower material costs and quality requirements. Buyers have differently behaved depending on categories, as reflected by our statistical review covering the last four years and comparing US apparel imports from China with shipments from Rest of the World (RoW) for every category of products, in volume, value and unit value terms. Historical data are available for 2011-2015.
10 February 2016 - US imports of cotton apparel have started bottoming out in 2015, in line with a decline of unit prices. Man-Made fiber apparel imports have however continued surging, although decelerating in the last quarter last year. Wool apparel imports have plunged, by contrast, as reflected by our detailed analysis of US apparel imports for every category of products. Our series of statistical tables offer a comprehensive view of volume, value and unit value changes, compared with previous quarters and years in 2010-15. Full data are available for downloading into a comprehensive table.
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