During the first 10 months of 2021, import of children’s wear into the US grew 32 per cent. Sourcing of children’s clothing is back on track this year after COVID woes. As per OTEXA figures, China is still the largest children’s wear exporter to the US even as the country has been facing serious backlash over unethical business practices of late. China’s exports to the US from January 2021 to October 2021 grew by 41 per cent. Vietnam’s exports of children’s clothing to the US in this period grew by 32 per cent while shipments from India grew by 48 per cent. Bangladesh increased children’s wear shipments to the US by 22 per cent. China, Vietnam and India collectively contributed 55 per cent to the overall US children’s wear import value in January 2021 to October 2021 compared to 52 per cent in the same period of the previous year.
Meanwhile US imports of denim increased 28 per cent in October 2021 compared to a year earlier. Imports from Mexico grew 43 per cent. Shipments from countries of the Central American Free Trade Agreement rose 29 per cent, led by a 30 per cent from Nicaragua and a 22 per cent gain from Guatemala.