WASHINGTON — Textile and apparel imports to the U.S. fell 8.4 percent to 4.7 billion square meter equivalents in June from a year earlier, as many of the top 10 supplier countries — China, Bangladesh, Indonesia, South Korea and Pakistan — posted significant declines, the Commerce Department’s Office of Textiles and Apparel said Thursday.
Sourcing has continued to shift away from China in the past year, as rising labor and transportation costs have driven business to other Asian competitors such as Vietnam, which, along with Mexico, were the only top 10 supplier countries where imports to the U.S. rose in June.
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