US Apparel Imports in US$ and Square Meters - Annual and Quarterly Volume, Value and Unit Value per Origin - % Change and Share

US Apparel Imports in 1st Quarter 2017: Origins Statistical Report

US apparel imports have very slightly recovered in the first quarter this year, with Central American countries gaining shares of the market to the detriment of Asian countries, Vietnam and China excepted. Our annual and quarterly reports detail shipments to U.S. market per origin, with volume and value changes, market shares, and unit value variations over the last five years. Quarterly data covering the 2011-2017 period are available for download.

US apparel imports have been in positive territory in the first quarter of the year, rising 1.5% in volume terms after stagnating in the previous quarter, from a year earlier.

The market share of most Asian countries has declined in the first quarter, especially in value terms.

Countries like Bangladesh, Indonesia, India or Cambodia have all lost ground.

China's share of the US import market has also dropped in dollar terms, however slightly rising in volume terms after the average unit price of Chinese shipments has plunged by 7.1% from a year earlier.

Vietnam further surging

By contrast, the unit value of total imports has only dropped 3.4%.

Vietnamese shipments have continued surging in the first quarter, gaining 7.2% in value terms and even 10.2% in volume terms.

From their level five years earlier, Vietnamese shipments have risen no less than 72% in volume terms.

Vietnam's share of the market at 14.6% in value terms however remains far below China's 30.4%.

Amid rebounding Central American countries, imports from Honduras have gained 4.6%, whereas shipments from Nicaragua were rising 11%.

US buyers could be seduced by the duty-free advantage of Central American apparel.

Imports from Jordan, another country having been granted a duty-free access, have surged 17.7% from a year earlier.



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Apparel Import Database

More detailed data are available for key cotton and man-made fiber categories in our apparel import database, with import volumes, values and unit values per origin:

U.S. Cotton Apparel Imports

U.S. Man-Made Fiber Apparel Imports


U.S. Knit Apparel Imports

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