WASHINGTON — Imports of textiles and apparel surged 16 percent in April for the 13th consecutive year-over-year, double-digit gain, with China again taking the lead as the country with the largest growth — 136 percent — the Commerce Department reported Friday.

China’s spectacular climb as the largest foreign supplier of apparel and textiles has been ongoing, as global quotas restricting shipments are being removed in advance of being completely eliminated by 2005 for World Trade Organization members.

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