According to the US Department of Agriculture, in the first half of 2017, US cotton textiles and clothing imports amounted to approximately 8.6 million bales of cotton, which was basically the same as the 8.5 million bales in the same period of 2016. Among them, exports of cotton products fell by 3% to 1.8 million bales. In terms of quantity, the trade deficit in cotton textiles and clothing increased slightly to 6.8 million bales.
Imports of US cotton textiles mainly come from several sources, and imports from the top five sources account for two-thirds of total imports in the first half of 2017. Although imports from other countries have increased, China is still the largest supplier. In the first half of 2017, China accounted for 30% of US cotton textile and apparel imports, India accounted for 12%, and the rest were Pakistan, Vietnam, and Bangladesh, each accounting for about 8%.