CHINA EXPANDS SHARE OF U.S. NONRUBBER FOOTWEAR MARKET
U.S. imports of nonrubber footwear continued to grow in 1999, and China alone supplied 71 percent of total U.S. consumption by quantity, according to the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in its Nonrubber Footwear Statistical Report.
Total U.S. imports of nonrubber footwear rose 6 percent by quantity over 1998's import level, reaching almost 1.3 billion pairs valued at $11.4 billion, according to the report. Imports accounted for approximately 94 percent of the quantity of U.S. nonrubber footwear consumption in 1999 (83 percent of the value). Imports of nonrubber footwear from China in 1999 rose by 9 percent to 964 million pairs (valued at $6.7 billion).
The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, issued the report as the final one in a series of five annual reports on the nonrubber footwear industry requested by the Senate Committee on Finance. Following are other highlights of the report:
The foregoing is from the ITC's Nonrubber Footwear Statistical Report (Investigation No. 332-191, USITC publication 3289, March 2000). The report will be posted on the ITC's web site at www.usitc.gov. A printed copy can be obtained by calling 202-205-1809 or by writing to the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax to 202-205-2104.
Although the Commission will no longer publish this annual report on nonrubber footwear, U.S. production and trade data that are similar, but not identical, to those found in this report are published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census in its annual Current Industrial Report (CIR) series for footwear. The CIR series may be found on the Census Bureau's web site at www.census.gov/cir/www/mq31a.html.