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US lauds cotton fumigation requirement withdrawal

Staff Correspondent
22 May 2023 21:51:35 | Update: 22 May 2023 21:54:44
US lauds cotton fumigation requirement withdrawal
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Haas — UNB File Photo

US cotton can now arrive in Bangladesh without fumigation at the port of entry, saving Bangladeshi importers millions of dollars and five days of waiting.

This action follows a successful November 2022 visit to the United States by a technical delegation from Bangladesh’s Ministry of Agriculture.

The delegation verified that US cotton production and pest management strategies, followed by cotton processing techniques – ginning, lint cleaning, and bale compression – that remove any risk of the boll weevil in US cotton, read a press release.

Bangladesh is the second largest global importer of cotton, the seventh largest export market for US cotton, exceeding $475 million in export value in 2022, and has one of the largest ready-made garment (RMG) export industries in the world.

Previously, the fumigation requirement effectively imposed a delay in the delivery of US cotton, and Bangladeshi importers paid over a million dollars annually in fumigation costs on US cotton.

Allowing high-quality and sustainable US cotton to move smoothly through the supply chain will save the Bangladeshi RMG sector significant time and money.

“Working together with Bangladesh to solve this issue is a great example of how our two countries can collaborate to increase prosperity and remove trade barriers,” said Ambassador Haas.

He added, “Bangladesh needs high-quality US cotton to fuel its growth and increase its foreign exchange earnings, while American consumers rely on sustainable, high-quality garments produced in Bangladesh.”