Cotton Exporter’s Guide

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The guide is a reference book that provides a comprehensive view of all aspects of the cotton value chain from a market perspective, and an overview of the world cotton market. It outlines factors influencing supply and demand, and market trends; considers major issues of the sector, including trade policy and WTO issues; deals with textile processing of cotton, cotton quality and its determinants, and cotton contamination; covers various aspects of cotton trading and export marketing; looks at e-commerce, the ICE Futures U.S. and other futures markets for cotton; reviews the market for different types of cotton, including organic cotton; presents market profiles of the main importing countries in Asia (Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Thailand) and Turkey, with recommendations on how to approach their cotton-consuming textile industries. Annexes contain a list of international cotton associations, as well as lists of useful addresses and web resources.

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International cotton associations

Participants in international trade in many countries are organized into national cotton associations, many with an international character. The membership of some associations includes both domestic and foreign organizations and individuals. Cotton associations serve the interests of cotton producers, buyers, sellers and consumers by providing trading rules and mechanisms to resolve trade disputes and by serving as arbitration authorities. Cotton associations promote and facilitate cotton trade in a fair and orderly fashion for the benefit of a sound world cotton economy. In addition to maintaining trading rules, cotton associations provide other important services, such as technical and quality arbitration, traditional and HVI classing, forums for international conferences and discussions of cotton affairs, training seminars around the world, market information and statistics.

English Spanish, French

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