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U.S. TEXTILE, APPAREL TRADE REPORT

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Commerce Department released trade figures today, which show that:
 -- The textile and apparel trade deficit in November 1992 was $2.17 billion (not seasonally adjusted) -- compared to a total U.S. merchandise trade deficit of $8.73 billion -- the equivalent of one- quarter of the total U.S. deficit.
 -- Textile and apparel goods imported into the United States from January through November 1992 totalled 13.36 billion square meters, up 1.7 billion square meters, or 14.5 percent, from the same period in 1991.
 -- November marked the 15th consecutive month of textile and apparel import increases into the United States.
 -- Apparel and apparel fabric imports in 1992 are estimated to account for 63.8 percent of the total U.S. market for apparel and apparel fabrics.
 -- China accounted for 17 percent of the U.S. textile and apparel trade deficit from January to November 1992. In addition, textile and apparel imports from China for 1992 are projected to reach $4.6 billion, compared to U.S. textile and apparel exports to China of $49 million.
 "As the new Clinton administration begins, it is essential that our government take a long, hard look at the serious lack of access our products have to some foreign markets while foreign access to the U.S. market continues to increase," said Carlos Moore, executive vice president of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI). "This has real consequences for our economy and jobs. The 1.7 billion square meter increase during the first 11 months of 1992 represented 170,000 lost opportunities for U.S. jobs.
 "China, India, Pakistan and Thailand, major Far Eastern importing countries, account for more than one-quarter of the textile and apparel imports coming into the United States," Moore said. "At the same time, these four countries either ban or place prohibitive barriers to textile and apparel imports into their markets."
 A summary of Commerce Department figures follows:
 U.S. TEXTILE AND APPAREL IMPORTS
 (million sme)
 November Pct (YTD) Jan.-Nov. Pct.
 1992 1991 Chg. 1992 1991 Chg.
 TEXTILES 581.4 588.0 -1.1 6,803.4 6,013.9 13.1
 APPAREL 523.1 503.2 4.0 6,561.4 5,656.4 16.0
 TOTAL 1,104.6 1,091.2 1.2 13,364.8 11,670.3 14.5
 TEXTILES BY PRODUCT
 Yarn 84.9 104.8 -19.0 1,158.4 956.6 21.1
 Fabric 303.5 299.9 1.2 3,572.7 3,174.4 12.5
 Misc. 193.0 183.3 5.3 2,072.3 1,882.9 10.1
 TOTAL 581.4 588.0 -1.1 6,803.4 6,013.9 13.1
 TOTAL BY FIBER
 Cotton 510.3 479.2 6.5 6,241.7 5,147.2 21.3
 Wool 13.4 13.7 -2.2 185.5 160.9 15.3
 MMF 540.6 552.5 -2.2 6,429.2 5,922.5 8.6
 Other 40.3 45.8 -12.0 508.3 439.8 15.6
 TOTAL 1,104.6 1,091.2 1.2 13,364.8 11,670.3 14.5
 U.S. TEXTILE AND APPAREL TRADE BALANCE
 (million customs $)
 IMPORTS November Pct. Jan.-Nov. Pct.
 1992 1991 Chg. 1992 1991 Chg.
 Textiles 608 593 2.6 7,186 6,359 13.0
 Apparel 2,406 2,277 5.7 28,954 24,150 19.9
 TOTAL 3,015 2,870 5.0 36,141 30,509 18.5
 EXPORTS November Pct. Jan.-Nov. Pct.
 1992 1991 Chg. 1992 1991 Chg.
 Textiles 480 475 1.0 5,316 5,057 5.1
 Apparel 359 307 16.9 3,773 2,961 27.4
 TOTAL 839 782 7.3 9,088 8,017 13.4
 BALANCE November Pct. Jan.-Nov. Pct.
 1992 1991 Chg. 1992 1991 Chg.
 Textiles -128 -118 8.7 -1,871 -1,302 43.7
 Apparel -2,047 -1,970 3.9 -25,182 -21,189 18.8
 TOTAL -2,176 -2,088 4.2 -27,052 -22,492 20.3
 -0- 1/15/93
 /CONTACT: Deborah E. Anderson of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute, 202-862-0513 or, home, 703-476-6436/


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