16-02-2024 11:31 AM | Source: Kedia Advisory
India's Cotton Export Surge: Prices Lure Buyers, Set to Reach 2-Year High in February by Amit Gupta, Kedia Advisory

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India's cotton exports are poised to hit a two-year peak in February, propelled by competitive pricing amidst a global rally in prices. Contracts for 400,000 bales have been signed, with major buyers in Asia, marking the highest export level since 2022.


February Cotton Exports Surge: India's cotton exports are poised to reach a two-year high in February, driven by a surge in global prices, which has made Indian cotton particularly attractive for buyers in Asia.

Contracts Signed: Traders have already inked contracts to export 400,000 bales (68,000 metric tons) of cotton in February, marking the highest level since February 2022. Major destinations include China, Bangladesh, and Vietnam.

Competitive Pricing: Indian cotton is currently the most competitively priced in the global market, attracting buyers with its affordability. This has led to a notable uptick in exports, according to Atul Ganatra, president of the Cotton Association of India.

Projected Export Figures: Projections suggest that India could export around 2 million bales during the 2023/24 marketing year, exceeding earlier expectations of 1.4 million bales. Some traders even anticipate exports reaching 2.5 million bales due to the significant price advantage Indian cotton holds over competitors.

Cost Advantage: Indian cotton enjoys a cost advantage over supplies from the United States and Brazil, the world's leading exporters. This advantage is attributed to lower prices and freight costs, driven by India's proximity to importing countries.

Production Concerns: Despite robust demand and increased export prospects, India's exports are likely to be limited by a reduction in surplus due to an anticipated decrease in local production. Cotton production in India is forecasted to decline by 7.7% in the 2023/24 season, reaching the lowest levels since 2007/08, as per the Cotton Association of India's estimates.


With Indian cotton emerging as the most cost-effective option in the global market, export figures are expected to surpass initial estimates, potentially reaching 2.5 million bales. However, concerns loom over declining local production, anticipated to drop by 7.7%, which could cap export potential. Nonetheless, India's strategic advantage in pricing and proximity to key importing regions positions it favorably amidst the evolving dynamics of the global cotton trade.


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