U.S. Cotton’s Virtues Being Exhibited

Key textile executives from 11 Pakistani companies will tour the U.S. Cotton Belt May 3-9 to observe U.S. cotton production, processing and marketing and to meet with U.S. cotton exporters.

The COTTON USA Pakistan Special Trade Mission is being conducted by Cotton Council International (CCI), the National Cotton Council’s export promotions arm.

At this point in the 2014-15 marketing year (which ends on July 31, 2015), Pakistan ranks as the eighth largest U.S. cotton importer with current U.S. export commitments to Pakistan of 335,000 bales -- up from 169,000 bales in the 2013-14 marketing year.

This trade mission’s 11 participating Pakistani companies collectively are expected to consume about 1.8 million bales in this marketing year of which 184,000 bales, or 10 percent, will be U.S. cotton.

CCI President Dahlen K. Hancock, a Ropesville, Texas, cotton producer, said, “We believe there is potential for even greater sales of U.S. cotton to this growing market. This event will enable CCI to provide some high level Pakistani textile manufacturing executives a better understanding of U.S. raw cotton’s merits including our fiber’s superior quality and our industry’s outstanding reputation for timely delivery.”

The Pakistani delegation will begin its tour in New York with a CCI briefing and an ICE Futures seminar. They will see cotton research in North Carolina, tour the USDA cotton classing office in Bartlett, Tenn., and visit a farm in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

The group also will meet with exporters in the Cotton Belt’s four major regions and with these industry organizations:  the National Cotton Council, American Cotton Producers, Cotton Incorporated, American Cotton Shippers Association, Southern Cotton Growers Association, Texas Cotton Association, Plains Cotton Growers Association, Lubbock Cotton Exchange, AMCOT, Western Cotton Shippers Association and Supima.