Originally published in the April 18, 2015 print issue of Furniture Today.
U.S. furniture imports rose 8% last year, an encouraging boost for importers and their manufacturing partners in an environment where logistical issues and rising costs are making sourcing furniture more challenging.
The value of furniture shipments to the U.S. was $21.4 billion, up from $19.7 billion in 2013. China remained the top overseas resource with $12.2 billion in shipments, up 6% from $11.6 billion the year before.
Once again, China accounted for more than half the world total, confirming its ongoing importance as a source country for the U.S. market, despite rising labor costs that some say put it closer to Mexico in terms of its value proposition.
This import data includes the largest source countries of U.S. furniture imports, as well as the top furniture products shipped to the United States. Export data includes the largest buyers of U.S. furniture exports and furniture exports by product category.
Data is based on the dollar values declared by importers and exporters to the U.S. Customs Service. The figures are coded according to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule and made available to Furniture Today by the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Customs Service.
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