Global blue denim apparel imports by the United States in the first quarter surpassed the same period in 2020 by 0.61 percent to a value of $701.84 million, according to data from the Commerce Department’s Office of Textiles & Apparel (OTEXA)
As per Sourcing Journal, Mexico was the top sourcing spot in the first three months of the year, with shipments rising 4.75 percent to $145.48 million, according to OTEXA, while imports from Bangladesh increased 7.99 percent to $133.27 million.
Other winners among the major production countries were China, with imports up 5.96 percent to $71.95 million; Pakistan, with an increase of 8.86 percent to $68.4 million; Nicaragua, up 26.24 percent to $29.32 million, and Turkey, with a gain of 31.39 percent to $13.79 million.
The Western Hemisphere overall saw imports grow 4.73 percent to a value of $185.56 million in the period, which included a 14.08 percent from Central American Free Trade Agreement countries.
Shipments from Sub-Saharan Africa countries also increased, with an overall gain of 18.66 percent to 32.89 million, led by upticks from Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania.
For the 12 months through March, Bangladesh held a 20.35 percent market share, followed by Mexico at 16.95 percent, Vietnam at 12.74 percent, China at 11,97 percent and Pakistan at 9.17 percent.