Pakistani Textile Executives Tour U.S. Cotton Belt
Eleven cotton buyers from Pakistan attended the 2015 COTTON USA Special Trade Mission from May 2 – May 9. The companies who participated in the Mission are expected to consume about 1.8 million bales in 2014/15, according to USDA’s export sales report. U.S. cotton accounts for 184,000 of these bales (roughly 10%).
The trip began in New York, NY, where they attended a COTTON USA briefing session and a seminar at ICE Futures. The group then traveled to Raleigh, meeting with representatives from AMCOT, Southern Cotton Growers Association and Cotton Incorporated. They also toured Cotton Incorporated’s facilities. Next the group traveled to Memphis, TN, where the participants toured a USDA Classing office and met with the National Cotton Council, ACSA, AMCOT and a producer representative from the Mid-South growing region. The Local 24 News (WATN-TV) in Memphis aired a special report on the COTTON USA Mission and its importance to the U.S. cotton industry.
After Memphis, the group traveled to Lubbock, TX, and had an opportunity to meet with members of the Texas cotton industry, such as the Lubbock Cotton Exchange, Texas Cotton Association, Plains Cotton Growers Association and Plains Cotton Cooperative. The tour concluded in California with meetings with the Western Cotton Shippers Association, Calcot, Supima and a producer representative from the Far West growing region.
At each destination, the participants had the opportunity to educate themselves about the research, technology and innovation that are major strengths of U.S. cotton. The participants met with merchants, cooperatives, farmers, industry organizations and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Visiting with these U.S. cotton representatives and organizations provided the participants with a better understanding of the many elements that make up the seven segments of the U.S. cotton industry. The meetings assisted in educating the foreign trade, as well as encouraged business relationships with the intent to increase future exports of U.S. cotton.