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China is still top apparel exporter to the US, India’s shipments drop

China’s June apparel exports to the US fell 0.83 per cent in volume. But the country is still the top supplier to the US. Vietnam, the number two apparel supplier to the US, saw apparel shipments rise 6.6 per cent in value and 2.6 per cent in volume. Among other major suppliers, apparel imports from Bangladesh rose 9.9 per cent in value while unit volume was up 1.2 per cent. Cambodia’s shipments increased 8.4 per cent in value and up 4.5 per cent in volume.

Among the top 10apparel and textile suppliers that posted year-on-year decline in import volume, India’s shipments to the US dropped 3.2 per cent, Mexico’s dipped one per cent and Indonesia’s shipments decreased 11.2 per cent. Among the top ten countries which recorded volume increase in apparel exports to the US were South Korea with a 26 per cent hike, Vietnam with a 6.3 per cent increase and Cambodia with a 5.6 per cent gain. Other countries in the group posting increases were Pakistan up 2.7 per cent, Bangladesh up 0.5 per cent and Canada with a 0.2 per cent growth.

US exports of apparel and textiles rose 4.33 per cent in value, with growth in key destinations such as Mexico, Canada, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Guatemala.