62.3% fall in China´s cotton import

China´s cotton imports fell 62.3 per cent in July from a year ago to 1,05,700 tonne. Imports by China, the world´s top cotton consumer, are already down by 33 per cent this year to less than 1 mt after the government issued fewer quotas in a bid to boost demand for domestic fibre.

China´s cotton imports fell 62.3 per cent in July from a year ago to 1,05,700 tonne. Imports by China, the world´s top cotton consumer, are already down by 33 per cent this year to less than 1 mt after the government issued fewer quotas in a bid to boost demand for domestic fibre. The gap between international and domestic prices has also narrowed, reducing price incentives for buyers with a quota, with mills turning to ample supplies of domestic cotton.
´We don´t expect the numbers to change very much for the next two years, until China stocks are drawn down,´ says traders in Beijing. China holds an estimated 11 mt of cotton in state reserves, around half of the world´s stocks, after it bought up more than 80 per cent of the domestic crop between 2011 and 2013 to support growers.
It is currently auctioning some of the fibre to mills at daily sales but has only managed to sell 3.7 percent of the volume offered to date. Imports for the 2015-16 crop year beginning in October are expected to fall to 1.3 mt, down from 1.8 mt in the current year.

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