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Exports to US-China declines, other Asian countries grow

China’s exports to the U.S. of textiles and apparel may have plummeted by 10.9 percent to 2 billion square meter equivalents (SME) in April 2018.

But this hasn’t stopped textile and apparel shipments to the U.S. from increasing by 1.1 percent in April to 4.99 billion (SME) compared to a year earlier, led by major increases from Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Korea, India and Cambodia, according to the Commerce Department’s Office of Textiles & Apparel (OTEXA).

In dollar terms, China’s exports to the U.S. in April fell 12 percent to $2.3 billion, as industry imports overall rose 3.9 percent to $8.02 billion.

Among the top 10 suppliers, imports from India rose 13.2 percent to $707.27 million, Pakistan’s shipments increased 24.5 percent to $236.98 million, Bangladesh’s grew 16.8 percent to $460.88 million, Vietnam’s were up 6 percent to $978.22 million, South Korea’s rose 6.8 percent to $73.54 million, Cambodia’s increased 27.8 percent to $218.32 million and Indonesia’s were up 11.3 percent to $426.48 million.