Current year-to-date ( YTD ) data is through July 2020.

Exports: Cotton

Cotton, the No. 35 export by value totaled $513.64 million for the month of July, $3.85 billion through July of 2020, and $6.15 billion for all of 2019, the latest annual data available, according to U.S. Census Bureau data analyzed by WorldCity. Need more details? Read more

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Top Markets

RankCountryYTD
1Vietnam$894.02 M
2China$844.24 M
3Pakistan$593.08 M
4Turkey$475.7 M
5Bangladesh$222.7 M
6Indonesia$177.19 M
7Thailand$91.78 M
8South Korea$90.08 M
9India$84.85 M
10Mexico$78.12 M
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U.S. exports of Cotton decreased 12.55 percent through July to $3.85 billion

U.S. exports of Cotton decreased 12.55 percent from $4.4 billion to $3.85 billion through the first seven months of 2020 when compared to the same period the previous year, according to WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

The category ranked 35 through July among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 37 for the last full year with a total value of $6.15 billion, a $415.59 million, 6.33 percent decreased from the 2018 total.

Through July of this year the leading sources were No. 1 Vietnam, No. 2 China, No. 3 Pakistan, No. 4 Turkey and No. 5 Bangladesh. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of Savannah, Ga., No. 2 Port of Los Angeles, No. 3 Port of Long Beach, No. 4 Port of Houston and No. 5 Port of Charleston.

In the last previous full year, the leading sources were No. 1 Vietnam, No. 2 Turkey, No. 3 China, No. 4 India and No. 5 Pakistan. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of Los Angeles, No. 2 Port of Savannah, Ga., No. 3 Port of Houston, No. 4 Port of Long Beach and No. 5 Port of Charleston.

Looking at specific airports, seaports and border crossings, the top five through through the first seven months of the year were:

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port of Savannah, Ga. fell 2.61 percent compared to last year to $1.17 billion.
  • Port of Los Angeles fell 29.73 percent compared to last year to $991.46 million.
  • Port of Long Beach rose 4.85 percent compared to last year to $618.61 million.
  • Port of Houston fell 22.1 percent compared to last year to $449.94 million.
  • Port of Charleston rose 58.31 percent compared to last year to $268.08 million.

There are several hundred airports, seaports and border crossings that handle international trade; they are, in turn, part of the roughly four dozen U.S. Customs districts.

Highlights for the top five foreign markets:

  • U.S. exports to No. 1 Vietnam decreased $141.63 million, 13.68 percent, (23.25 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 China increased $364.11 million, 75.84 percent, (21.95 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 Pakistan increased $166.37 million, 38.99 percent, (15.42 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 Turkey decreased $70.21 million, 12.86 percent, (12.37 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 Bangladesh decreased $38.64 million, 14.78 percent, (5.79 percent market share).

All totaled, 78.78 percent of all these Cotton exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets through July of this year. That is equal to $3.03 billion of the $3.85 billion total.

All totaled, 91.04 percent of all these Cotton exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports through July of this year. That is equal to $3.5 billion of the $3.85 billion total