Denim imports by the US increased by 37.55 percent year to date though March to a value of $965.32 million. The sourcing of blue denim apparel by the US from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Egypt and Turkey increased significantly while those two mainstays posted more moderate gains.
As per a Sourcing Journal report, Levi’s shipments from Bangladesh rose by 47.26 percent in the period to $196.26 million, Pakistan’s imports jumped 69.65 percent to $116.04 million and Vietnam’s shipments increased 41.42 percent to $107.03 million.
Imports by No. 2 supplier Mexico, surged by 15.9 percent to $168.6 million, and China’s imports increased by 25.12 percent to $89.95 million.
Imports from Egypt skyrocketed 132.21 percent to $55.59 million, while shipments from Turkey rose 58.23 percent to $21.81 million.
Asian manufacturers Cambodia and Sri Lanka posted first-quarter gains of 29.52 percent to $50.51 million and 33.92 percent to $17.14 million, respectively, while Nicaragua rounded out the Top 10 with a gain of 8.23 percent to $31.73 million.