Imports of knit fabric made from cotton and manmade fibre (MMF) from China into the US saw the biggest growth in terms of volume and value between 2007 and 2013, according to a new report.

The fifth annual report on US textile and apparel imports from China was released by the US International Trade Commission (USITC) as part of a request made ahead of the lifting of safeguard quotas back in 2008.

The formal textile and apparel import monitoring programme was introduced following calls from the House Ways and Means Committee, with the aim of watching import levels and prices in a bid to pre-empt any sudden surges in imports when restrictions were lifted.

The data has since been published on a bi-weekly basis on the USITC website, and the latest report - 'Textile and Apparel Imports from China: Statistical Reports, Annual Compilation 2013' - is a compilation of these bi-weekly bulletins.

It is shown on an annual and quarterly basis, by category and by Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) 10-digit subheadings.

According to the latest report, the value of imports of knit fabric (cotton & MMF) from China jumped 399.8% from 2007-2013 to reach US$312.8m in 2013. Other MMF furnishings imports surged 509.6% to $27m in 2013.

But imports of men's and boy's trousers, breeches (knee-length trousers) & shorts made from silk and vegetable fibres from China declined 68.7% during the five-year period to $249.9m in 2013.

By value, "knit fabric, cotton & MMF" witnessed the most growth during the period (+343.9). This was followed by "cotton & MMF yarn for retail sale and sewing thread, and combed cotton yarn" (+311%).

In contrast, imports of "men's and boy's trousers, breeches & shorts, silk and veg" from China was the only category to experience a decline (-18.3%).

The quantity of "knit fabric, cotton & MMF" imported from China (in kilograms) jumped 759.6%, while "men's and boy's trousers, breeches & shorts, silk and veg" saw a 71.3% decline.

Click here to view the report 'Textile and Apparel Imports from China: Statistical Reports, Annual Compilation 2013'.