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.






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