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Textiles and Apparel

Textiles and Apparel

 

Changes in 2019 from 2018: 

  • U.S. total exports of textile and apparel decreased by $678 million (3.0 percent) to $22.1 billion.  
  • U.S. general imports of textiles and apparel increased by $177 million (0.1 percent) to $127.7 billion. 

 

U.S. total exports of textiles and apparel decreased by $678 million (3.0 percent) to $22.1 billion in 2019, the second-lowest value during the five-year period analyzed (table TX.1). U.S. imports of textiles and apparel increased by $177 million (0.1 percent) to $127.7 billion in 2019, the highest value during 2015–2019 (table TX.2).

 

U.S. Domestic Exports 

 

Mexico and Canada continued to be the top destination markets for U.S. domestic exports of textiles and apparel, although U.S. domestic exports to both countries declined between 2018 and 2019. U.S. domestic exports to Mexico declined by $244 million (5.6 percent) to $4.1 billion in 2019, while U.S. domestic exports to Canada decreased by $129 million (3.5 percent) to $3.6 billion in 2019. Mexico and Canada accounted for a combined 43.4 percent of U.S. domestic exports of textiles and apparel in 2019. U.S. domestic exports to Honduras increased in 2019 by $63 million (4.1 percent) over 2018; Honduras continued to be the third-largest destination market. The relative rankings of the top 10 destination markets for U.S. domestic exports of textiles and apparel did not change significantly from year to year between 2015 and 2019. One exception was Nicaragua, which increased in rank from 15th in 2015 to 7th leading U.S. domestic export destination market in 2019.  

 

Exports declined in all major groups, with the largest absolute declines in fabrics (TX002) and fibers and yarns, except raw cotton and raw wool (TX001). Exports of fabrics fell by $290 million (4.7 percent) to $5.8 billion in 2019, while exports of fibers and yarns, except raw cotton and raw wool, fell by $160 million (3.5 percent) to $4.4 billion in 2019. 

 

 

U.S. General Imports 

 

China continued to be the largest supplier of U.S. imports of textiles and apparel in 2019, accounting for slightly more than one-third of the total. However, U.S. imports from China fell from the year before, declining by $4.1 billion (8.6 percent) to $42.9 billion in 2019. The decline in U.S. imports from China was more than offset by increases from several other countries, including Vietnam. U.S. imports of textiles and apparel from Vietnam rose by $1.5 billion (11.5 percent) to $14.4 billion in 2019.

 

Increases in U.S. general imports of textiles and apparel in 2019 were led primarily by imports of apparel (TX005) and home furnishings (TX004). U.S. imports of apparel rose by $539 million (0.6 percent) to $92.8 billion in 2019, and imports of home furnishings increased by $435 million (3.7 percent) to $12.3 billion in 2019. These increases were almost entirely offset by decreases in U.S. imports of fabrics (TX002) and fibers and yarns, except raw cotton and raw wool (TX001), which fell by $448 million (6.0 percent) and $436 million (11.0 percent), respectively.