DNFI World Natural Fibre Update May 2023

DNFI World Natural Fibre Update Depending on the continent and climate zone, natural fibers grow all year round. The dependence on local and global weather influences changes the quality and quantity of the fibers at the time of harvest or during and after cleaning and processing.

Geopolitical or regional events are other factors affecting the availability of natural fibers. In the case of statistical evaluations, it must be taken into account that some regional harvest periods also take place at the turn of the year.

World natural fibre production in 2022 is estimated at 32.2 million tons, down approximately 900,000 tonnes from 2021, but 300,000 tonnes higher than the estimate at the end of March and 600,000 tonnes higher than the estimate at the end of February. The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) raised its estimate of world cotton production in 2022/23 by a little more than 200,000 tonnes in March, and encouraging arrivals figures in India are leading to upward revisions in estimates of cotton production. (Cotton that is planted in 2022 is credited to 2022 production, even if it is ginned in 2023.)

Forecasts by USDA and IWTO are available for 2023 cotton and wool production. Monthly data for the first quarter from the Philippines is the basis for the 2023 forecast of abaca production. Forecasts for 2023 production for other fibres await additional information.

Excerpt from the five page report May 2023:

….The nearby cotton futures contract on the Intercontinental Exchange was down 5% at the end of April at $1.74 for …. The role of natural fibres in the economies of countries is demonstrated by the impacts of severe flooding in Pakistan during 2022 that resulted in a one-third …. The Eastern Market Indicator of prices for fine wool in Australia fell 2% in April to …. Prices quoted by the Indian Jute Balers Association (JBA) at the end of April converted to US$ were up slightly from a month earlier at an average of …. Prices of silk in China dropped 3% during April to US$ …. Coir fibre in India quoted in US$ have shown little change in recent months and averaged $ …. Sisal prices trended downward from above-average levels during the first quarter of 2023. Bahia Type 3, fob Salvador was down …. Ecuador normally accounts for about one-eighth of Abaca world production, or around 10,000 tonnes. However …. The United States Department of Agriculture released its annual National Hemp Report for 2022 …. The Freightos Baltic Global Container Index for backhaul traffic from US West Coast ports to China (FBX02) for 40' containers, including surcharges, was $ …. 


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    The DNFI World Natural Fibre Update is provided by: Dr. Terry Townsend, DNFI Statistics and Data Analysis Expert.