Commodity Spotlight: Cotton

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By: Mayumi Escalante

Cotton swabs, blue jeans, sewing thread, t-shirts, bed sheets. What do these products have in common? They all are made from cotton.

The U.S. Census Bureau is the source of detailed export and import statistics on finished goods (like those listed above). We also publish trade data on the very materials and inputs that are transformed into items you and I wear or use every day.

Just how much cotton does the U.S. export, you ask?

In 2013, the U.S. exported more than $5.5 billion of raw cotton (classified under Schedule B heading 5201). That’s a lot of fluff! Here is a list of the top five countries that imported American cotton during that year:

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Source: USA Trade Online

Want to know more about U.S. exports of cotton? Check out USA Trade Online for detailed statistics. First time users are eligible for a one-week (7-day) free trial. For additional information, contact the Data Dissemination Branch at 1-800-549-0595, Option #4.

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