China dominates U.S. imports of outdoor home furnishings


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.

Overall, U.S. imports of outdoor furniture grew slightly to $2.28 billion in 2008 from $2.26 billion in 2007. Made in China describes nearly 80% of all the casual furniture being imported in America with a share that increased 2% to $1.79 billion.

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

China 79%
Canada 6%
Indonesia 3%
Mexico 2%
Philippines 2%
All other countries 8%

Imports by major material as percent of total world

Metal 56%
Rubber/plastic 21%
Garden umbrellas 10%
Parts 6%
Wicker/rattan 6%
Teak furniture 1%

Casual furniture imports, 2004–2008
In Millions

2008 $2,278
2007 $2,262
2006 $2,038
2005 $1,792
2004 $1,587

Change in dollar value of major import categories

2007–2008 2004–2008
Source: U.S. Customs Service, U.S. International Trade Commission, Casual Living market research
Metal 3% 44%
Rubber/plastic 1% 96%
Garden umbrellas 7% 33%
Parts -8% 16%
Wicker/rattan -15% -9%
Teak furniture -1% 6%

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