Indian Cotton Industry

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CAI since its inception in 1921 has been engaged in providing a wide range of services to the entire cotton value chain .Cotton Association of India (CAI) is enlisted by the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), New Delhi in Appendix 4 - C of the Hand Book of Procedure (HBP) and it is authorized to issue Certificates of Origin (Non-Preferential). CAI has starting issuing Certificates of Origin (Non-Preferential) from 20th November 2008. The purpose of commencing this is to serve all the stakeholders in the cotton value chain better and more effectively.

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All segments of the cotton trade and textile industry of the country including Mill Buyers, Growers and Growers Co-operatives, Ginners, Brokers, Merchants, Importers and Exporters, etc. are represented in CAI. 17 Regional Cotton Associations and 4 Co-operative Marketing Societies representing all upcountry cotton producing regions of the Country are affiliated with CAI and represented on its Board as Associate Directors. CAI is represented on various International Cotton Fora i.e. ICAC, ICA, CICCA, IFCP and several other International Cotton Associations.

Activities of CAI
  • Cotton testing services which is carried out at various locations across India.

  • Maintains Indian Cotton Grade Standards.

  • Fixes Spot Rates of all major growths of Indian cotton.

  • Arbitration and Conciliation mechanism for speedy resolution of disputes relating to cotton trade.

  • Cotton developmental activities mainly through its research wing, COTAAP Research Foundation along with farmers in various cotton growing states.

  • Issues Certificates of Origin to Indian cotton exporters.

  • Training Programmes on various topics of interest to Cotton trade through its 'Learn with CAI' series of One-day Seminars.

  • Disseminates data through its main bulletin, 'Cotton Statistics & News,' Indian Cotton Annual' and website ,''

  • Monthly estimates of Cotton Crop.

  • Philanthropic and Religious activities through its various Trusts
Benefits of Membership of CAI
  • Cotton testing services offered to members at a special concessional rate

  • Arbitration and Conciliation services to members at a special concessional rate

  • Certificates of Origin to members at concessional rate

  • Special concessional fee for all the members for participating in various Seminars, Courses and Conferences organised by CAI

  • Platform to represent their views to the Government on policy matters

  • Complimentary copies of all the 'Cotton Statistics & News' and 'Indian Cotton Annual' and free access to CAI Website
Future Plans of CAI
  • Setting up of Cotton Testing Laboratories at additional upcountry locations

  • Establishing a Cotton School of International standard

  • Undertaking Cotton Promotion Programmes

  • Establishing a Cotton Museum

Members of the CAI

  • American Cotton Shippers' Association

  • Bremer Baumwollborse, Bremen

  • Centro Algodonero Nacional, Barcelona, Spain

  • Gydnia Cotton Associatin, Gydnia

  • Japan Cotton Traders' Association, Osaka

  • International Cotton Association, Liverpool

  • Karachi Cotton Association, Karachi


Cotton Exchange Building,
2nd Floor Opp. Cotton Green Railway Station
Cotton Green (East)
Mumbai - 400 033 Maharashtra, INDIA.
Tel. No: +91-22-30063400
Fax No: +91-22-2370 0337

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