U.S. apparel imports fell in June
dropped by 3.4% in the month to $7.5 billion on a CIF basis.
Total apparel imports declined by 1.9% on an MFA basis in
the first six months of 2017, to $37.2 billion from almost
$38 billion in the same period in 2016.
U.S. buyers are placing smaller, more frequent orders with
shorter lead times requested.
Among the top 10 U.S. apparel trading partners, only
Vietnam, Nicaragua and Mexico have grown their apparel
shipments to the U.S.
On a square meter equivalent (SME) basis, imports have edged
up by 1.7% this year. The average cost per unit of an
imported garment fell by 3.5% in the first half of the year.
The average cost per SME increased by 12.4% from Mexico, and
rose 2.4% for El Salvador, but dropped for all other key
trading partners, with the cost per SME from China suffering
the biggest drop, down by 7.4% percent.