Which Country Consumes the Most Cotton Lint in the World?

Fibre Crops February 09, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

Global cotton lint consumption amounted to 27,573 thousand tonnes in 2015, growing by +5.7% against the previous year level. Overall, the global cotton lint consumption indicated a pronounced growth from 2007 to 2015. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The total consumption volume increased at an average annual rate of +1.2%. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2011, when the output figure increased by +12% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, the global cotton lint consumption reached its maximum volume in 2015, and is likely to continue its growth in the immediate term.

Top Cotton Lint Consuming Countries in the World

1. China (13003K Tonnes)

2. India (11744K Tonnes)

3. United States of America (6449K Tonnes)

4. Pakistan (5032K Tonnes)

5. Turkey (2452K Tonnes)

Global Cotton Lint Consumption

In 2015, the countries with the highest consumption were China (13,003 thousand tonnes), India (11,744 thousand tonnes), the United States (6,449 thousand tonnes), together accounting for 62% of total consumption. They were followed by Pakistan with a 10% of global consumption share and Turkey with a 5% share.

From 2007 to 2015, the most notable growth rates of cotton lint consumption among the main consuming countries was attained by India (+5.5% per year), while the other global leaders experienced a decline in the consumption figures.

The highest levels of cotton lint per capita consumption was registered in Turkey (31.17 kg/year), followed by Pakistan (26.63 kg/year), the United States (20.04 kg/year), China (9.24 kg/year) and India (8.96 kg/year), while the average per capita consumption of cotton lint was estimated at 3.00 kg/year in 2015.

In India, per capita cotton lint consumption has grown noticably (+4.1% per year) in recent years. In 2015, India per capita consumption reached 31.17 kg/year as compared with 6.49 kg/year in 2007.

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Source: World: Cotton Lint - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025