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.
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.
22 May 2012 -For the first time since the opening of quotas, China has lost market share in 2011 against Central America in US apparel imports. While China has seen a drop due to higher raw material and labor costs, CAFTA-DR seems a competitive option for US buyers because of its duty-free access and its ability to offer higher speed-to-market for US retailers. Our report offers a comprehensive statistical analysis per category of US apparel imports from CAFTA-DR compared with total US imports and shipments from China. Multiple year data from 2008-2011 are available for download.
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