For Immediate Release
Date Posted: 1 May 2019
Highlights from the May edition of Cotton This Month regarding the 2018/19 season:
ChinaIssues Additional Import Quota, Sets Date for Reserve Sales
China, the world’s top cotton consumer, has announced that it will auction 800,000 tonnes from its reserve in 2019. The 25% tariffs placed on US cotton in July 2018 remain in place, however, and that has led to changes in the way fibre flows into China.
AsChina’s imports from the US have declined, other producers are stepping up to feed its mills, with the biggest increases coming from Australia and Brazil. Australia, which shipped 280,000 tonnes to China in the 2017/18 season, has already exceeded 440,000 tonnes through March 2019. Similarly, Brazil — which shipped 82,000tonnes to China in 2017/18 — has already exported 380,000 tonnes to China throughMarch 2019. Other countries that have expanded their exports to China include India, Benin, Sudan, Greece, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Mali.
China’s reserve auction is scheduled to commence on 5 May and run through 30 September, with reserves being offered in 10,000-tonne quantities each day (in previous seasons, 30,0000 tonnes have been offered per day).
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