Textile executives representing 20 Indonesian companies will visit the U.S. Cotton Belt July 21-25 as part of a COTTON USA Special Trade Mission.
The tour is coordinated by Cotton Council International (CCI), the National Cotton Council’s (NCC) export promotions arm.
Indonesia currently ranks as the fifth largest market for U.S. cotton, with U.S. export sales of about 1.7 million bales for the 2018-19 marketing year.
The tour’s participating companies collectively consume about 2.1 million bales, representing 64% of total cotton consumption in Indonesia. Overall, the country’s textile mills are expected to import some 3.2 million bales in 2018-19.
According to CCI President Hank Reichle, a Mississippi cooperative executive, the tour participants represent an important market for U.S. cotton. He noted the importance of personally showcasing U.S. cotton’s first-class production and processing operations and efforts on environmental responsibility and continuous improvement – including the new U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol – to the group.
“From this tour, these Indonesian textile manufacturers should acquire a better appreciation of U.S. cotton fiber’s premium value and how it can make their operations more competitive in the world marketplace,” Reichle said. “Our hope is that the multiple face-to-face meetings with U.S. cotton exporters will strengthen relationships with these customers.”
The Indonesian delegation will begin its tour in New York with a CCI briefing and an ICE Futures seminar. They will also see cotton research in North Carolina, tour the USDA cotton classing office in Bartlett, TN, and visit a cotton farm, gin and warehouse in South Texas.
The group will also meet with exporters in the Cotton Belt’s four major regions and with 11 key industry organizations – AMCOT, American Cotton Producers, American Cotton Shippers Association, Cotton Incorporated, Lubbock Cotton Exchange, NCC, Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., Southern Cotton Growers Association, Texas Cotton Association, Western Cotton Shippers Association and Supima.
Based on information provided by the National Cotton Council