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REUTERS/China Daily/File Photo Imports are expected to be around 5 million bales in 2017/18, he told an industry conference in Harbin on Thursday. The forecast comes after China’s cotton industry association said earlier this week that Beijing would issue more import quota to boost overseas purchases. Once the world’s top cotton importer, China has seen its imports shrink from more than 5 million tonnes in 2011/12 to around 1 million tonnes last year, due to its efforts to reduce state stockpiles of the fiber. Now, after several years of auctions to low state stocks and with demand improving, buyers are expected to return to the market to supplement a production deficit at home. Domestic cotton usage is expected to increase by 1.5 million bales to 41.5 million bales in 2018/19, said Bourgois. The group has lobbied the government to increase import quota to meet demand from textile companies, Gao Fang, executive vice-president, China Cotton Association, told Reuters. Production growth in China has been lean due to limited farmland and high labor costs. Details on the timing and volume of quota were not known, Fang said, adding that the quota was mainly to meet higher demand. Market participants said this week the plan was also likely related to pressure from the United States for higher imports of American farm goods. China has agreed to significantly increase its purchases of American goods and services, and cotton is one of the top agricultural exports of the United States.
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