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Top 10 textiles importers exceed $4 billion mark

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.

While China continued to dominate the import landscape, representing some 31 percent of the world total, or $1.29 billion, Pakistan and India narrowed the gap, both reaching 11 percent of the total, with $457 million and $454 million, respectively.

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

Country 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
China $780,414 $893,491 $1,067,315 $1,260,757 $1,287,971
Pakistan 181,211 253,708 309,205 363,187 457,208
India 210,695 252,880 309,119 384,299 454,009
Mexico 178,190 229,813 293,766 403,129 416,599
Portugal 170,776 196,816 224,145 220,785 214,446
Turkey 42,292 62,784 109,300 144,425 195,444
Taiwan 164,797 177,285 184,219 161,700 176,149
Canada 81,565 135,969 121,780 118,046 114,300
Brazil 37,837 44,657 50,108 80,745 97,559
Thailand 27,681 36,955 43,046 66,385 81,118
World total $2,361,069 $2,905,435 $3,366,431 $3,975,779 $4,078,726
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

1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
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.
Bed linens $775,887 $995,587 $1,242,541 $1,538,096 $1,545,979
Towels 404,644 473,276 522,498 614,182 657,530
Hard window 308,138 354,530 396,035 394,490 416,723
Curtains/drapes/valances/blinds 155,169 192,893 267,416 361,331 396,923
Other home textiles 289,419 334,603 299,520 331,651 322,483
Table linens 203,471 230,884 268,162 289,794 296,946
Pillows/pillow covers 95,829 169,385 182,025 212,655 229,729
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
Wall hangings 5,553 5,155 4,593 5,163 5,207
World total $2,361,069 $2,905,435 $3,366,431 $3,975,779 $4,078,726


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