International Stories


ICAC Projects Record Cotton Stocks Outside of China

March 3, 2015

ICAC analysts are forecasting world ending stocks outside of China to grow for the second consecutive year, marking the largest volume of world stocks in the last 35 years.


Registration Open for ICA Bremen Cotton Classing and Testing Program

February 19, 2015

Registration is now open for ICA Bremen’s Cotton Classing and Testing training, scheduled for July 7-16.


ICAC: Consumption May Soon Overtake Production

February 13, 2015

With global cotton plantings decreasing for 2015/16, projected increases in consumption may mark the first time in five seasons that consumption surpasses production.

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India Moves to Stabilize Their Cotton Market

January 29, 2015

The recent move by Cotton Corporation of India to release 5,100 bales from its stock should help stabilize the cotton price this season.


Jamaica Looking to Rebuild Sea Island Cotton Industry

January 28, 2015

Considering today’s cotton market, it’s heartening to find a cotton-producing region that’s actively working to expand production.

Port Problems Choking U.S. Cotton Exports

December 9, 2014

Congestion and labor issues at major West Coast ports are threatening the timely delivery of U.S. cotton to China ahead of a key deadline for imports to arrive.

Turkish Cotton Association Joins ICA

December 2, 2014

Turkey’s Good Cotton Practices Association (IPUD) has joined the International Cotton Association.

ICAC Unveils World Cotton Calendar

November 24, 2014

The International Cotton Advisory Committee has introduced the World Cotton Calendar, containing data on all aspects of cotton production field operations from 37 countries.

Foreign Governments Work to Stem Falling Cotton Prices

November 18, 2014

According to the Business Standard, government officials in India, China and Pakistan are working to put programs in place to protect their countries’ growers in the face of falling cotton prices.

Regulatory Logistics Delaying Launch of World Cotton Contract

November 14, 2014

Launch of the new World Cotton Contract has been postponed to early 2015 as ICE continues to sort through regulatory issues in Malaysia.

Jordan Lea Elected ICA President

October 16, 2014

Jordan Lea, chairman of Eastern Trading Company in Greenville, SC, has been elected 2014/15 president of the International Cotton Association.

Plexus: Market Still Has More Questions than Answers

October 3, 2014

Recent news from China has left the market cautiously bearish, mindful of the fact that there is still a lot of harvest time weather to negotiate.

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ICAC Expects Stable World Cotton Trade in 2015/16

October 5, 2015

The International Cotton Advisory Committee has released its latest projections for world cotton trade.


ICA Bremen Brings Cotton Classing Training to Korea

September 30, 2015

ICA Bremen took its Cotton Classing training course to Korea in early September.


U.S. and India Announce Bilateral Collaboration for Technical Textiles

September 25, 2015

Bilateral collaboration and technical exchanges between the United States and India in technical textiles are planned as part of a recently-announced strategic and commercial cooperation between the countries.


ICE Futures: World Cotton Contract Begins November 2

September 25, 2015

ICE Futures U.S. will launch a World Cotton contract on November 2, which will trade alongside ICE’s benchmark Cotton No. 2 contract.


China ELS Crop Could Triple

August 31, 2015

China’s production of extra-long staple cotton for 2015/16 could be three times the size of last year’s crop, thanks to new incentive programs tied to market prices.


First Estimate of New Season Indian Cotton Crop Released

August 25, 2015

The Indian cotton crop for the new season beginning this October is estimated to be 38 million bales (170 kilograms each).


Pakistan Taking the Fight to Cotton Leaf Curl Virus

August 19, 2015

Pakistani officials are working to ramp up efforts in the country’s on-going battle with cotton leaf curl virus.


Leading Global Economist Set for ICA Trade Event

August 14, 2015

Todd Buchholz, a leading expert on the U.S. and global economy, will share his thoughts on global politics and economics during the International Cotton Association’s (ICA) “San Francisco 2015” trade event in late October.


ICE World Contract Set to Begin in November

August 12, 2015

InterContinental Exchange's new world cotton futures contract will begin trading on November 2, pending regulatory approval.


Chinese Import Decline Hits the Indian Spinning Sector

August 10, 2015

Cotton spinning mills in India has been hard hit by declining yarn exports, leading some in northern India to consider shutting down one day a week.


Stephen Harmer Pens Winning Essay for ACSA International Cotton Institute

July 16, 2015

Stephen Harmer of Jess Smith & Sons won this year’s Meister Media Worldwide essay contest for students attending the ACSA International Cotton Institute in Memphis, TN.