An estimated $1.3 trillion worth of apparel is imported from the United States each year, according to data from the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development.
The figures are a stark contrast to the roughly $1 trillion worth in the rest of the world.
But the data is a stark reminder of the growing trade war in Asia, where some of the largest apparel companies in the world are in conflict over supply chains.
The United States’ apparel exports to the region are expected to exceed $1 billion this year, with imports reaching an estimated $10 billion, according the U,N.
The trade gap is expected to grow to $3.3 billion in 2019, according data from a leading U.K.-based trade think tank.
“In the next 10 years, we are going to see a trade war that will be even more intense than we saw last year,” said Thomas G. Riggles, senior trade analyst at the Center for International Policy.