How is the cotton market faring in Greece? What is happening in the industries dependent on cotton?
The Greek cotton market was very much criticized this season (10/11). In few words our crop experienced serious problems (green worm, heavy rainfalls) before and during harvesting that affected strongly quality in terms of color and partly quantity. In combination with the NY futures rally and the high production cost, many ginners didn’t or couldn’t deliver their forward sales and defaulted or partly shipped the low price contracts. The ones who totally defaulted are already, or will be soon, listed on the International Cotton Association (ICA) black list. The ginners, who partly delivered due to problematic yields of specific areas, have agreed to ship the balance of existing contract during new crop (11/12).
Apart from these cotton sector problems, our economy is struggling to get out of its huge deficit activating a mechanism settled by the International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank. Our status right now is not so promising and this will surely bring changes on our cotton market.
Banks who are facing a cash flow problems, have become tougher
with credit lines which means that next season many ginning firms or
cooperatives will have to find alternative ways for their cash flow. It is
estimated that since they will not afford to keep the cotton in their
warehouses and at the same time pay the growers for the seed cotton deliveries,
many ginning firms will be obliged to slowly sell their lint cotton from the
beginning of the ginning season. In addition, a possible dropping NY futures
market during September and October may create serious problems in direct sales
and this is definitely leaving a bigger room for merchants.
Published on: 05/07/2011
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