Cotton import grows despite pandemic

Bangladesh’s cotton imports grew by about 9 per cent to 75 lakh bales in the 2019-20 advertising and marketing calendar year (MY) inspite of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to info from the United States Office of Agriculture (USDA).

The cotton advertising year commences in August and ends in July and one particular bale equals to 480 kilos.

The substantial demand from customers for cotton all through the 1st fifty percent of the 12 months combined with the country’s achievements in combating Covid-19 has permitted the garment sector to keep functions inspite of a couple of small-phrase disruptions.

US cotton exports to Bangladesh in MY2019-20 arrived at 1.06 lakh bales, up 28.9 for every cent from MY2018-19. The US cotton marketplace share was close to 14 for each cent in MY2019-20, which is next to India’s 23 for every cent industry share.

For MY2020-21, cotton imports will slightly decrease to 71 lakh bales offered the uncertainty in world wide desire and comparatively reduced import in the 1st months of the yr, the report mentioned.

“Cotton imports ongoing even amid the ongoing disaster given that numerous consignments have been signed before but imported later,” claimed Monsoor Ahmed, secretary to the Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA).

Profits in the major textile sector have been disrupted in the course of the Covid-19 outbreak in April-May possibly but when the marketplaces reopened, the sales commenced to peak up all over again.

This was specifically the scenario for the weavers and spinners that serve nearby marketplaces, he included.

The ongoing pandemic has disrupted Bangladesh’s textile and clothing sector, resulting in a sharp drop in the sector’s exports to important marketplaces, which includes the US and EU.  Preliminary information from the Bangladesh Export Promotion Bureau exhibits that the export benefit of attire in the very first 10 months of 2020 dropped 19 for every cent yr-on-12 months to $22.4 billion.

On the other hand, this decrease was reduced than the forecast produced by the business experts in Might 2020 as Bangladesh’s results in combating Covid-19 has permitted organizations to keep operations regardless of a several small-expression disruptions.

The decline in attire exports is a end result of a frustrated world demand from customers, amplified competitors from Vietnam and heightened production and protection benchmarks in Bangladesh’s garment marketplace.

The sector’s export worth dropped 85 per cent in April and 62 per cent in Might yr-on-calendar year in 2020.

Bangladesh’s yarn output is recovering subsequent an extended interval of sector disruption as effectively.

According to the Trade Information Keep an eye on (TDM), the price of Bangladesh’s cotton yarn exports in the initially 10 months of 2020 dropped 27 for each cent calendar year-on-year to $11.3 million.

With Bangladesh’s domestic yarn need rebounding more than the earlier 3 months, the community spinning industry expects cotton yarn generation will continue on to see beneficial progress as a final result of the greater demand for knitwear exports.

Bangladesh’s yarn exports fell 27 for every cent in 2020, the report reported, introducing that the value of yarn has improved significantly about the August to October timeframe mainly because of an uptick in garment need just before the upcoming getaway season in the EU and US.

By means of the very first nine months of 2020, the price of cotton yarn imports was higher than 12 for every cent at $692 million as opposed to $617 million in 2019.

China by yourself has exported around $148 million really worth of cotton yarn to Bangladesh the earlier calendar yr and about $225 million in 2019.

In a report, the BTMA claimed there ended up far more than 433 spinning mills running in Bangladesh in 2019 with a merged production capability of 2.9 million tonnes of yarn per 12 months.

Regardless of the massive domestic spinning capacity, Bangladesh imported extra than $850 million truly worth of cotton yarn in 2019.

Bangladesh has import responsibilities of 5 for every cent for person-made fibre, 25 per cent for cloth, and 10 for each cent for yarn.

Whilst seemingly superior, export-oriented garment factories can import yarn and material less than a obligation draw back incentive, which reimburses all customs duties paid out on imported yarn and material, besides taxes this sort of as the VAT and sophisticated profits tax.

The attract again incentive programme allows Bangladesh to go for significant imports of cotton yarn and cloth from India and China.

Earlier forecasts showed that the country’s cotton use would drop sharply in the second fifty percent of MY2019-20 and go on to decline in MY2020-21 thanks to the Covid-19 fallout.

On the other hand, Bangladesh’s cotton consumption, mirrored by cotton imports and domestic demand for cotton yarn, has remained powerful because of to Asia’s over-all achievements in combating Covid-19.

Domestic usage of clothing and textile items has been mildly impacted by the cancellation of significant functions like Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla new year, and the Eid festivals that frequently endorse clothing revenue.

But in general, the negative impact of Covid-19 has been reduce than forecast, the report mentioned.