The US saw clothing and textile imports edge up over the first five months of the year to US$40.011bn, from $38.71bn last year, according to new figures.

Official data from the Department of Commerce's Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) shows China remained the largest exporter of textiles and apparel during the period, accounting for $14.45bn worth of textile and apparel sales, up 2.28% on last year.

Vietnam showed the strongest growth, with a a 13.19% rise to $3.34bn. Meanwhile India was third with $2.73bn of exports to the US, up 3.5%. Indonesia saw a 5.4% increase to reach US$2.2bn, while Bangladesh recorded an 8.29% increase in exports to the US, to reach $2.19bn.

Imports from CAFTA-DR countries increased 1.35% to $3.058bn.

Apparel imports increased 3.8% to $30.1bn, while textile imports were up 1.95% to $9.7bn and yarn imports increased 3.6% to $642m.

By volume, textile and apparel totalled 22.14bn square metre equivalents (SME) in the five months to May, up 3.8% from a year earlier. Textile imports edged up 1.6% to 12.5bn SME, while apparel imports climbed 6.8% to 1.96bn SME.

During the month of May, textile and apparel imports rose 3.3% to 4.8bn SME, with textile imports up 0.4% from a year earlier to 2.84bn SME, and apparel imports surging 7.6% to 1.96bn SME.

In terms of specific sources, imports of textile and apparel products saw year-on-year increases in May from China (4.0% to 2.28bn SME), Vietnam (20.2% to 307.6m SME), and Taiwan (2.2% to 66.7m SME).

But declines were booked by Hong Kong (31.7% to 4.9m SME), South Korea (5.2% to 121.2m SME), Canada (12.7% to 95.5m SME), Mexico (4.4% to 211.6m SME), Turkey (21.5% to 44.0m SME) and Israel (4.5% to 39.9m SME).