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Exports

The major globally-consumed natural fibre is cotton.

Cotton remained the most exported natural fibre in Europe with 52% in 2017, ahead of flox with 34% and wool with 16%.

In 2017 extra EU-28 exports were practically unchanged in value with 416.4 million euros (+0.4%). In value terms exports slip at 278.8 tons (-3.1%).

Table 1: Cotton EU-28 exports

 201520162017
Million euros354.6414.7416.4
Evol%+16.9%+0.4%
Tons259.5287.2278.2
Evol%+10.7%-3.1%

Imports

As ever, cotton was the most in demand natural fibre in terms of volume.

Cotton represented 20% of all natural fibres imports in value and 42% in volume.

In 2017 extra EU-28 imports increased by 8.8%, at 252.8 million tons. In value the increase reached 27.5%, at 375.9 million euros. In the first half of 2017 cotton prices were bullish and then tended downwards.

Table 2: Cotton EU-28 imports

 201520162017
Million euros340.7294.9375.9
Evol%-13.4%+27.5%
Tons263.4232.3252.8
Evol%-11.8%+8.8%

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