Imports of manmade fibre knit shirts and women's and blouses from China into the US saw the biggest growth in volume across all clothing categories between 2009 and 2015, according to a new report.

The data is included in the seventh annual report on US textile and apparel imports from China, 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 2015' – 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.

The International Trade Commission released June 13 its seventh annual compilation of bi-weekly reports on the volume, value, unit value and import market share of imports from China that were subject to the provisions of the 2005 U.S.-China Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Trade in Textiles and Apparel.

According to the latest report, the volume of men's & boys' MMF knit shirts, and women's & girls' MMF knit shirts & blouses surged 148% between 2009 and 2015 to 48.695m dozen units.

The full breakdown can be seen at the following link: Textile and Apparel Imports from China: Annual Compilation 2015.