Top 10 textiles importers exceed $4 billion mark
June 17, 2002,
While U.S. economic growth came to a standstill in 2001, dollars generated from home textiles imports continued to grow, albeit at a slower pace, as the top 10 sources of home textiles imports combined to exceed the $4 billion mark in sales volume.
Mexico also was responsible for a solid portion of home textiles imports, with some 10 percent of the world total, or $416 million.
Portugal and Canada were the only top 10 export countries to see a decrease in sales volume. Portugal, which represented 5 percent of the 2001 total with $214 million, was down from $220 million in 2000. Canada comprised only 2 percent of the total with $114 million in sales, just shy of the $118 million produced in 2000.
Bed linens continue to represent by far the biggest category of imports, with some $1.54 billion in sales, or 37 percent. However, the category showed minimal growth over 2000, when it recorded $1.53 billion.
Towels and hard window products followed at 16.1 and 10.2 percent, respectively, or $657 million and $416 million.
Kitchen/bath linens, plastic curtains and drapes, and other home textiles also saw reduced sales volume in 2001 vs. 2000.
Top 10 sources of imported home textiles products, 1997-2001, in $thousands
|Source: U.S. Customs Service. U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. International Trade Commission and Home Textiles Today market research.|
U. S. home textiles imports by major product category, 1997-2001, in $thousands
|Note: Bed linens include bedspreads, blankets, pillow/bolster cases, quilts/comforters/quilt/comforter shells, sheets and other non specified bed linens; hard window coverings include both blinds and shutters of wood or plastic.
Source: U.S. Customs Service. U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. International Trade Commission and Home Textiles Today market research.
|Other home textiles||289,419||334,603||299,520||331,651||322,483|
|Kitchen/bath linens, other||71,308||95,273||109,446||142,786||134,640|
|Curtains & drapes, of plastic||51,651||53,849||74,195||85,631||72,566|