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James A. Morrissey, Washington Correspondent

Cotton Council Sees Opportunities In China's Textile Trade

James A. Morrissey, Washington Correspondent

The National Cotton Council (NCC) has told members of a key congressional committee that it sees opportunities to export more and more raw cotton to China as consumption by US mills continues to decline. In testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee, NCC Vice President Robert Weil II said, "It is imperative that China continue to be cultivated as a good customer." Noting that China is a dominating force in world cotton trade, Weil said, "I am convinced we will sell more cotton to China in the years ahead, while at the same time our long standing customer, the US textile industry, continues to erode financially in the face of competition from textile imports."

China is now estimated to be spinning about 41 million bales of cotton, while US mill use has fallen to around 6 million bales. Weil said there is no more competitive textile and apparel manufacturing in the world than China and that can be expected to lead to greater purchases of US cotton in the future.

"Weil told the committee that NCC recently hosted an intern from the China Cotton Association to assist their understanding of the US cotton industry and that NCC intends to send an intern to China this year to learn more about how to work with China.

James A. Morrissey, Washington Correspondent