Global cotton trade at 4-year high in 2017-18, says USDA
In 2017-18, however, world cotton trade remains 17 per cent below 2012-13’s record of 46.5 million bales.
Most of the world’s primary spinners of cotton rely on imports, and the leading importers this season are considered non-producing countries. As a result, this import demand is satisfied by producing/exporting countries, viz the US, India, Australia, Brazil, Uzbekistan and other countries.
Export prospects for the United States are once again expected to remain strong in 2017-18, while those from Brazil and Australia are forecast to increase as they harvest larger high-quality crops; these three countries are projected to attain a combined 60 per cent of global trade. “In contrast, cotton exports from India and Uzbekistan are forecast to decline again in 2017-18,” the ‘Cotton and Wool Outlook’ report released by the Economic Research Service of the USDA said.