Cotton products continue to account for most of U.S. textile and
apparel trade, although there have been recent declines as a result
of fiber substitution. Through the first 6 months of 2012, U.S.
cotton product imports and exports reached 3.8 billion pounds and
962 million pounds, respectively. For U.S. cotton product exports,
the top five destinations accounted for a steady share of nearly 85
percent of total exports. Of the top five destinations, only
exports to Canada were higher than the comparable period of 2011.
The share of total exports was mixed for the top countries.
Honduras was the leading destination but its share is declining,
falling below 36 percent during the first half of 2012; the share
also decreased for the Dominican Republic. For Mexico--the second
leading destination--the share rose to nearly 19 percent, similar
to calendar year 2010; the shares for El Salvador and Canada
continued their trend higher during the first half of 2012. This
chart is found in the Cotton and Wool Outlook, CWS-12g,