All cotton exports by Australia to China have reportedly stopped following Beijing's ‘unofficial’ rebuff to the former’s cotton producers recently. Australia’s cotton industry is now preparing for a leaner situation ahead after officials confirmed Chinese mills had been ordered to halt Australian lint purchases due to ‘apparent changes to export conditions’.
As over three-fifths of Australian cotton crop is normally exported to China every year on an average, efforts are under way now to boost export ties with other Asian countries, where demand has risen steadily in recent years.
China, the world's largest importer of cotton, buys increasing volumes of US cotton as part of its Phase I trade commitment on agricultural imports with the United States.
Until recently, Chinese textile activity and demand for Australia's high grade lint was gaining momentum after the coronavirus lockdowns as China returned to near-normal economic conditions.