By Arthur Friedman 

The tariffs on U.S. apparel imports from China keep taking a bigger toll on the country’s role as a denim supplier, while other countries such as Vietnam, Egypt and Nicaragua gain ground.

China’s declines were most dramatic in September and October, as 15 percent tariffs were imposed on Sept. 1 and many companies took action to get goods in under the wire in July and August, said Julia Hughes, president of the U.S. Fashion Industry Association.

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