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China dominates US intimates imports

China dominates US imports of cotton and manmade fiber nightwear and pajamas. China holds a 55.8 per cent share of the US market with a nine per cent share increase for the year through October. The next six major suppliers are all from volume-oriented and low-cost production Asian countries.

Cambodia, the number second supplier of intimates to the US, holds 4.25 per cent market share, with its share rising. Vietnam’s market share jumped 23.65 per cent to grab an 11.51 per cent market share. India’s market share increased 5.34 per cent in the period to 5.38 per cent. Bangladesh posted a 32.37 per cent increase to hold a 3.77 per cent market share in US imports, while Indonesia increased its market share by 10.67 per cent to 2.9 per cent on imports and Sri Lanka posted a 15.29 per cent hike to a market share of 1.9 per cent on imports.

The western hemisphere held a significant 25.38 per cent market share of underwear imports, a decline of 2.59 per cent in the period. The pull for manufacturing in the region comes from most of those imports benefiting from duty-free status under the North American and Central American Free Trade Agreements, and the speed-to-market and order-replenishment capabilities.