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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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Cotton trading

It might be tempting to think that cotton merchants have an easy job. They do not grow cotton, they do not gin cotton, and they do not spin it. Are they not just a intermediaries who buy and sell? Because trading is their job, they must surely know whether prices will go up or down, and therefore it must be easy to make money out of doing very little. Exporters might be farmers, ginners, cooperatives, privately owned traders or government departments, or indeed a combination of two or more of these. Why should they not sell their cotton direct to overseas spinners? By cutting out the intermediary will they not be able to obtain a better price for their cotton?

English French, Spanish

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