US imports of cotton blue denim trousers for men (HS 6188.8.131.52) rose nearly 18% in the January-September period to US$1.16 billion, reflecting a sharp rise in the first part of the year, followed by a clear slowdown during the summer. .
Imports even declined 0.97% in September, in volume terms. .
Prices increased as a result of higher cotton costs with average unit price rising from US$94.30 per dozen in the first nine months of 2002 up to US$99.14 in the same period of 2002. .
In September, however, average price was back to US$96.94 per dozen. .
Egypt’s average unit price is far below the average as it is only 82 USD/dozen.
Unit Value in US$/dozen (Jan-Sep 2003) : .
Mexico : 101.84 .
Guatemala: 116.81 .
Hong Kong: 145.43 .
Egypt: 81.73 .
Turkey: 140.42 .
Mauritius: 109.94 .