China dominates U.S. imports of outdoor home furnishings
June 1, 2009,
Although changes are underway in container and early buy order patterns, China was the undisputed leader last year in U.S. imports of outdoor and casual furniture, according to the latest data available from the U.S. Customs Service, U.S. International Trade Commission and Casual Living market research.
Canada remained second in ranking of major source countries, with its share increasing 10% last year to $128 million, compared to $116 million in 2007. Mexico's share also increased 21%, showing the largest increase among the top five countries. While Indonesia and the Philippines experienced declines of 1% and 10% respectively.
Imports by country of origin as percent of total world
|All other countries||8%|
Imports by major material as percent of total world
Casual furniture imports, 2004–2008
Change in dollar value of major import categories
|Source: U.S. Customs Service, U.S. International Trade Commission, Casual Living market research|
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