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India’s cotton exports to grow 50% to 7.5 million bales

India is expecting a 50% increase in cotton exports in 12 months to 7.5 million bales within the 2020-21 crop 12 months starting October with a renewal in international demand from China and Bangladesh within the final one month, mentioned commerce our bodies.

Though Indian cotton contains the highest wastage in the world it is also the cheapest in comparison with the US, Brazil, and Australia and therefore there is a large potential to export.

Figure: India is expecting a 50% increase in cotton exports in 12 months to 7.5 million bales within the 2020-21 crop 12 months starting October. Courtesy: Collected

Mahesh Sharda, President of Indian Cotton Affiliation said, “The exports can increase further if Pakistan unlocks its marketplace for Indian cotton.”

Trade between India and Pakistan has been on hold since 2019.

Sharda added, “Within the final ten days, China alone has ordered over 1 million bales (one bale of 170 kg every) with international costs firming up. Additionally, Pakistan which has a shortfall in manufacturing might import cotton and yarn from India if commerce between the 2 nations resumes. These elements can simply lead cotton exports to 7-7.5 million bales these 12 months in comparison with 5 million bales in 2019-20.”

Sharda explained that apparel manufacturing countries are generally buying cotton from us as our cotton costs had been 15 percent cheaper than COTLOOK A index, which represents the worldwide uncooked cotton market value.


Till February, India exported 3.8 million bales of cotton largely to China, Bangladesh and Vietnam and has signed future contracts for 0.7 million bales, said exporter and dealer Dharmendra Jain.

“There is common export demand and we can count on the export of 0.5 million bales to Pakistan which may take whole export for these 12 months to 7.5 million bales,” told Jain.

Cotton might be exported from the Attari border in Punjab with mills from adjoining states to fulfill the contracts, mentioned Jain.

Saurabh Pahade, the analysis analyst at Kedia Advisory said, “Cotton costs gained almost 5 percent in a single month resulting from tight providing and excessive demand from export and mills.”

Within the final one-year costs have seen a 20 percent progress.

“China’s demand for Indian yarn reached to pre-COVID ranges throughout November-December 2020. Pakistan may restart cotton import from India using the land route as predictions of the slow restoration of bilateral commerce ties,” Pahade stated.

Atul Ganatra, President, Cotton Affiliation of India said, “In the local market, cotton costs have raised gradually since October from Rs 40,000 per sweet of 356 kg to the current value of Rs 47,000 per sweet.”

“The exports within the first 6 months of the season, starting October have been good, however at this excessive price might not maintain. As much as February we’ve got achieved export shipments of around 3.4 million bales and we can count on cotton exports in 2020-21 to be near 6 million bales,” he further adds that, “The Indian cotton costs will transfer in tandem with the worldwide development which was agency resulting from a decreasing crop within the US.”

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