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Indian cotton yarn price going up till March 21

The price per kg of Indian woven cotton yarn rose from $2.65 in August last year to $3.65 in January this year which increased by 37.7 percent. The price per kg of combed cotton yarn of 30s count was $2.81, $2.88, $3.21, $3.31 & $3.55 in September, October, November, and December last year. Its price is now $3.55 per kg with an increase of 8.33 percent over December.

Figure: According to experts, the yarn price may rise further by March 21. Courtesy: WSJ

The price of Indian cotton fiber has not increased significantly but the price of cotton yarn is higher than domestic and export prices.

This problem is exacerbated by uncertain demand in supply chains. International buyers resumed their orders in the second half of 2020.

Already inventories have dried-up as supplies have failed to match demand and spinning mills resumed operations late across India.

Figure: Prices of 30s Count Yarn price in India September 2020 to January 2021

The demand for Indian yarn in Bangladesh is raising buyers again with the sending of interrogation. A large number of orders are coming from Bangladesh and Vietnam.

Bangladesh is already planning to buy from the stock market as the price of cotton has skyrocketed.

Manpower was limited at the time of the lockdown-induced factory closure resulting in limited production. Later when demand increased, traders and agents started selling more to those who were willing to pay higher prices and, therefore, prices have risen significantly in the last six months.

According to experts, the price may rise further by March 21. This could lead to further difficulties in the Indian textile and garment supply chain. Already weaving price increased from 12-15 paisa/pick to 20-24 paisa/pick in India.

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