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Cotton Industry and Exports

Last Updated: November, 2021

Introduction

Cotton plays an important role in the Indian economy as the country's textiles industry is predominantly cotton based. India is one of the largest producers as well as exporters of cotton yarn. The Indian textiles industry contributes around 5% to country’s gross domestic product (GDP), 14% to industrial production and 11% to total export earnings. The industry is also the second-largest employer in the country after agriculture, providing employment to over 51 million people directly and 68 million people indirectly, including unskilled women. The textiles industry is also expected to reach US$ 223 billion by 2021.

Gujarat, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Punjab are the major cotton producers in India.

Key Markets and Export Destinations

  • Cotton yarn and fabrics export account for about 23% of India’s total textiles and apparel export.
  • India is the largest cotton producer in the world. India’s overall cotton production accounted for ~360 lakh bales in FY21.
  • During 2019-20, export of cotton yarn, cotton fabrics, cotton made-ups and handloom products reached US$ US$ 10.01 billion.
  • The total cotton yarn/ fabs /made-ups, handloom products and other export accounted for US$ 5.97 billion from April 2021 to August 2021 and for August 2021 it was US$ 1.29 billion.
  • The total cotton yarn/ fabs /made-ups, handloom products and other export accounted for US$ 9.81 billion in FY21 and for March 2021 it was US$ 1.10 billion.
  • Various reputed foreign retailers and brands like Carrefour, Gap, H&M, JC Penney, Levi Strauss, Macy's, Marks & Spencer, Metro Group, Nike, Reebok, Tommy Hilfiger and Walmart import Indian textile products.

Cotton Textile Export Promotion Council

The Cotton Textile Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL) takes part in national and international events to enhance the visibility of Indian cotton industry products, advertise and promote Indian cotton industry products in various media vehicles such as fashion magazines, event-related pull-outs, India reports and leading trade magazines, and organise buyer-seller meets (BSM) and trade delegation visits.

Source:

  • Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence & Statistics

In FY20 (till November 2019), exports of cotton yarn, cotton fabrics and cotton made-ups reached to US$ US$ 1.74 billion, US$ 3.99 billion and US$ 5.58 billion, respectively.

Source:
Office of the Textile Commissioner

Other Export Promotion Councils:

Disclaimer: This information has been collected through secondary research and IBEF is not responsible for any errors in the same.

Textprocil

Engineering Centre, 5th Floor
9, Mathew Road,
Mumbai - 400004
Maharashtra
India

Tel.:+91-22-23632910/ 23632911/ 23632912
Fax: +91-22-23632914
Email: info@texprocil.org
Website: www.texprocil.org

In FY20 (till November 2019), exports of cotton yarn, cotton fabrics and cotton made-ups reached to US$ US$ 1.74 billion, US$ 3.99 billion and US$ 5.58 billion, respectively.

Source:
Office of the Textile Commissioner

Exports

Cotton Industry India