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US cotton exports to Bangladesh plagued by difficulties

The American cotton industry seems to be plagued with many difficulties such as the age-old fumigation rules on import of US commodity in Bangladesh. These rules not only impose an additional cost burden on importers and spinners in Bangladesh but also results in increased lead time.

Apart from this, the US cotton industry leaders also noted phytosanitary requirement as a major hurdle for the import of cotton in the country. In addition, they also identified the distance between the two countries and the congestion at the Chittagong port as major hurdles for increasing US cotton shipment in Bangladesh.

China recently imposed 25 per cent retaliatory duty on the import of cotton from the US as part of the 'trade war' between the two countries. Reflecting on this, the US cotton industry insiders said that the move might result in slight changes in the trade flow of cotton across the world.