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RECORD SEPTEMBER FOR TEXTILE, CLOTHING IMPORTS

 RECORD SEPTEMBER FOR TEXTILE, CLOTHING IMPORTS
 WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Textile and clothing imports


into the United States in September reached an all-time high for that month, according to figures released today by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
 In September, textile and clothing imports increased by 15 percent, compared with September 1990, totaling more than 1.1 billion square meters.
 In addition, the textile and clothing trade deficit grew by 9.6 percent in September 1991, compared to September 1990. The deficit in September 1991 was $2.26 billion, compared to $2.06 billion in September 1990.
 For the first three quarters of 1991, textile and clothing imports were up slightly, totaling 9.3 billion square meters.
 "This surge is particularly alarming because there are a lot of unfilled quotas available to imports. While the industry has started to pull out of the recession, this import growth is a major concern and demonstrates that we certainly haven't seen an end to increases in imports," said Neil H. Hightower, president of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI). "While exports have increased, the trade deficit has deepened and imports continue at levels four times greater than our exports.
 "These are bad signs for the domestic industry, its market share and U.S. jobs," Hightower said. "Our government must modify its position on textiles and apparel in the Uruguay Round of international trade talks to prevent further import damage.
 "What is really needed is a continuation of the Multifiber Arrangement (MFA) with improvements in how the MFA is administered," he said. "However, the United States appears committed to phasing out the MFA as part of the trade talks. If the MFA is to be phased out, it must be done in a way that minimizes the damage to our industry and its workers and opens up markets in other countries that are closed to our exports."
 A summary of the Commerce Department figures follows:
 U.S. TEXTILE AND APPAREL IMPORTS
 (million sme)
 SEPTEMBER Pct (YTD) JAN.-SEPT. Pct.
 1991 1990 Chg. 1991 1990 Chg.
 TOTAL 1,108.3 964.2 14.9 9,305.3 9,298.8 0.1
 Cotton 461.2 392.5 17.5 4,112.3 3,970.5 3.6
 Wool 23.0 19.4 18.6 125.1 128.2 -2.4
 MMF 576.8 515.0 12.0 4,736.3 4,888.6 -3.1
 Other 47.3 37.3 26.8 331.6 311.5 6.5
 TEXTILES 566.8 492.6 15.1 4,763.7 4,660.3 2.2
 Yarn 96.9 70.9 36.7 724.2 755.6 -4.2
 Fabric 285.8 266.5 7.2 2,542.8 2,312.0 10.0
 Misc. 184.1 155.2 18.6 1,496.7 1,592.7 -6.0
 APPAREL 541.5 471.6 14.8 4,541.6 4,638.5 -2.1
 U.S. TEXTILE AND APPAREL TRADE BALANCE
 (million customs $)
 IMPORTS SEPT. Pct. JAN.-SEPT. Pct.
 1991 1990 Chg. 1991 1990 Chg.
 Textiles 565 486 16.1 5,087 4,807 5.8
 Apparel 2,459 2,192 12.2 19,029 19,668 -3.3
 TOTAL 3,023 2,678 12.9 24,116 24,475 -1.3
 EXPORTS SEPT. Pct. JAN.-SEPT. Pct.
 1991 1990 Chg. 1991 1990 Chg.
 Textiles 467 398 17.3 4,044 3,693 9.5
 Apparel 294 216 36.3 2,326 1,815 28.2
 TOTAL 762 614 24.0 6,370 5,508 15.7
 BALANCE SEPT. Pct. JAN.-SEPT. Pct.
 1991 1990 Chg. 1991 1990 Chg.
 Textiles -97 -88 10.8 -1,043 -1,114 -6.4
 Apparel -2,164 -1,976 9.5 -16,703 -17,853 -6.4
 TOTAL -2,262 -2,064 9.6 -17,746 -18,967 -6.4
 -0- 11/19/91
 /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: BR-BN -- AT020 -- 5069 11/19/91 15:29 EST
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