Trade and American Textiles

The U.S. textile industry is the fourth largest textile exporter in the world. Textile exports in 2016 totaled nearly $26.3 billion dollars.  The industry exports to more than 200 countries, including 26 export markets that purchase in excess of $100 million.

 

 

 

Excluding apparel, the U.S. has a strong export position in fiber, yarns, and fabrics.  Exports of those products totaled $20.7 billion alone in 2016, making America one of the top five individual country exporters of fiber and textile products in the world.

The breakdown of U.S. exports by sector is as follows:

  • $4.0 billion – cotton & wool
  • $4.5 billion – yarns
  • $8.6 billion – fabrics
  • $3.6 billion – home furnishings, carpet, & other non-apparel sewn products
  • $5.6 billion – apparel

 

 

 

The most important U.S. export markets by region are:

  • $11.5 billion – NAFTA
  • $3.2 billion – CAFTA-DR
  • $7.0 billion – Asia
  • $2.8 billion – Europe
  • $1.8 billion – Rest of the World

 

 

Focusing solely on America’s $13 billion in man-made fiber, yarn, and fabric exports, the countries buying the most product are:

  • $4.4 billion – Mexico
  • $1.6 billion – Canada
  • $1.3 billion – Honduras
  • $759 million – China
  • $439 million – Dominican Republic

 

 

 

 

 

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