[2016-03-11]



U.S. Apparel Imports Approach $100 Billion: More Than Half Exported From China, Vietnam, and Bangladesh 


U.S. apparel imports increased by 3.8% in 2015, according to the latest Department of Commerce data.

A record $96.7 billion worth of apparel was imported into the U.S. last year.  More than half of imports were from China, Vietnam and Bangladesh. China exported the largest portion at 36 percent of the total. Vietnam, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Cambodia rounded out the top five, with 12.4%, 6.3%, 5.8% and 3.1% of total imports, respectively.

Apparel imports were virtually flat in December at $6.8 billion, but they outpaced growth of total goods and services imports, which fell by 7.7% in the month on a year-over-year basis. 



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