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NOVEMBER MARKS NEW RECORD FOR TEXTILE AND APPAREL IMPORTS

 NOVEMBER MARKS NEW RECORD FOR TEXTILE AND APPAREL IMPORTS
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Textile and apparel imports in November 1991 showed a 16.6 percent increase over November 1990, pushing the total level of imports for 1991 toward an all-time high, according to figures released today by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
 The November level of 1.09 billion square meters of textile and apparel imports was a record for the month of November, and also the third consecutive monthly record. Imported wool goods increased almost 40 percent and yarn almost 82 percent in November 1991, compared with November 1990.
 "These growing import levels are very troubling, particularly because of the quota elimination and tariff cuts proposed for textile and apparel imports in the Uruguay Round of international trade talks," said Carlos Moore, executive vice president of American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI). "If these kinds of increases are occurring now, imagine how much greater the import levels would become with the Uruguay Round proposal.
 "We have argued that the proposal will damage our industry and displace U.S. jobs," Moore said. "Our government would be ill-advised to endorse this draft agreement. The administration should be more concerned about saving domestic jobs than rewarding countries like India and Pakistan with greater shares of our market. Studies show the phaseout of the Multifiber Arrangement (MFA) being proposed in the Uruguay Round would cause the loss of more than 1 million U.S. textile and apparel jobs and a 60-percent cut in domestic production."
 More than 11.6 billion square meters of textile and apparel goods were imported into the United States from January to November 1991, almost a 3 percent increase from the same time in 1990.
 A summary of the Commerce Department figures follows:
 U.S. TEXTILE AND APPAREL IMPORTS
 (million sme)
 NOV. Pct (YTD) JAN.-NOV. Pct.
 1991 1990 Chg. 1991 1990 Chg.
 TOTAL 1,091.1 935.4 16.6 11,669.7 11,340.6 2.9
 Cotton 479.2 407.6 17.6 5,147.0 4,846.4 6.2
 Wool 13.7 9.8 39.8 161.6 155.8 3.7
 MMF 552.5 471.7 17.1 5,921.4 5,920.3 0.0
 Other 45.7 46.3 -1.3 439.7 418.1 5.2
 TEXTILES 587.9 496.0 18.5 6,012.5 5,719.8 5.1
 Yarn 104.8 57.6 81.9 956.6 894.3 7.0
 Fabric 299.9 286.0 4.9 3,174.4 2,905.5 9.3
 Misc. 183.2 152.4 20.2 1,881.5 1,920.0 -2.0
 APPAREL 503.2 439.4 14.5 5,657.2 5,620.8 0.6
 U.S. TEXTILE AND APPAREL TRADE BALANCE
 (million customs $)
 IMPORTS NOV. Pct. JAN.-NOV. Pct.
 1991 1990 Chg. 1991 1990 Chg.
 Textiles 597 534 11.9 6,368 5,928 7.4
 Apparel 2,283 1,890 20.8 24,157 24,068 0.4
 TOTAL 2,880 2,424 18.8 30,525 29,996 1.8
 EXPORTS NOV. Pct. JAN.-NOV. Pct.
 1991 1990 Chg. 1991 1990 Chg.
 Textiles 470 422 11.4 5,029 4,563 10.2
 Apparel 301 225 33.9 2,953 2,283 29.3
 TOTAL 771 647 19.2 7,982 6,846 16.6
 BALANCE NOV. Pct. JAN.-NOV. Pct.
 1991 1990 Chg. 1991 1990 Chg.
 Textiles -127 -112 13.8 -1,339 -1,366 -2.0
 Apparel -1,981 -1,665 19.0 -21,205 -21,785 -2.7
 TOTAL -2,109 -1,777 18.7 -22,543 -23,151 -2.6
 -0- 1/17/92
 /CONTACT: Deborah E. Anderson of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute, 202-862-0513 (office) or 703-476-6436 (after hours)/ CO: American Textile Manufacturers Institute ST: District of Columbia IN: TEX SU:


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