According to data from the Commerce Department’s Office of Textiles and Apparel, global blue denim apparel imports by the United States increased by 0.61 percent in the first quarter of 2021 to $701.84 million (OTEXA)
According to Sourcing Journal, Mexico was the leading sourcing destination in the first three months of the year, with shipments increasing 4.75 percent to $145.48 million, while imports from Bangladesh rose 7.99 percent to $133.27 million.
China, with imports up 5.96 percent to $71.95 million, Pakistan, with an increase of 8.86 percent to $68.4 million, Nicaragua, with a gain of 26.24 percent to $29.32 million, and Turkey, with a gain of 31.39 percent to $13.79 million, were also winners among the top producing countries. Imports to the Western Hemisphere increased 4.73 percent to $185.56 million over time, including a 14.08 percent increase from Central American Free Trade Agreement members. Shipments from Sub-Saharan Africa climbed by 18.66 percent to 32.89 million, with increases from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania leading the way.
Bangladesh had a 20.35 percent market share in the year to March, followed by Mexico (16.95 percent), Vietnam (12.74 percent), China (11,97 percent), and Pakistan (9.17 percent).