WASHINGTON — Despite rising labor and sourcing costs, China’s export of footwear to the U.S. continued to grow in double digits in June.
Imports from China increased 27 percent over last year to 179 million, according to data from the Commerce Department’s Office of Textiles and Apparel. The imports were valued at $1.3 billion.
In all, 206.9 million pairs of shoes were shipped to the U.S. in June, a 26 percent increase over the same period a year earlier. The total imports were valued at $1.8 billion.
Vietnam, the next largest supplier, increased its footwear shipments 10 percent to 13.4 million pairs, valued at $154.9 million. Indonesia increased shipments 22 percent to 4.7 million pairs, valued at $55.2 million.
Mexico’s shipments rose 46 percent compared with last year to 1.6 million pairs, valued at $25.8 million. Italy, a high-end supplier, shipped 45 percent more shoes, a total of 1.3 million pairs valued at $87.2 million.