Trade and American Textiles

The U.S. textile industry is one of the largest textile exporters in the world.  Textile supply chain exports in 2018 totaled $30.1 billion dollars.  The industry exports to more than 200 countries, including 27 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 $23.4 billion alone in 2018, making America one of the top individual country exporters of fiber and textile products in the world.

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

  • $6.7 billion – cotton & wool
  • $4.4 billion – yarns
  • $9.1 billion – fabrics
  • $3.8 billion – home furnishings, carpet, & other non-apparel sewn products
  • $6.1 billion – apparel

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

  • $11.7 billion – USMCA
  • $3.5 billion – CAFTA-DR
  • $2.8 billion – Asia
  • $2.7 billion – Europe
  • $2.8 billion – Rest of the World

Focusing solely on America’s $19.71 billion in man-made fiber, yarn, and fabric exports, the countries buying the most product are:

  • $4.4 billion – Mexico
  • $2.1 billion – Canada
  • $1.6 billion – China
  • $1.5 million – Vietnam
  • $1.4 million – Honduras

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