Recent Webinar: The Tariff Dispute & the Cotton Supply Chain

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For over a year, the trade dispute between the United States and China has alternately flared and calmed. For cotton supply chains, affected products span fiber through apparel.


On Tuesday, September 24, CottonWorks™ hosted a webinar on this topic, The Tariff Dispute & the Cotton Supply Chain, exploring the data and discussing impacts throughout the supply chain.

Download the presentation slides.

Supplemental Materials

Pass-Through Analysis

In the wake of the 2010/11 price spike, Cotton Incorporated initiated an ongoing analysis of reactions in supply chain prices (yarn, imported apparel, retail) to changes in fiber prices. Due to the addition of non-fiber elements downstream, the relative importance of fiber prices diminishes as it approaches the consumer. An important feature of the downstream data being analyzed is that the responses to changes in fiber prices are lagged. The structure of these lags is explored alongside the magnitudes of price responses.

+ Read the full Pass-Through Analysis

Changes in Average Garment Weights

Over the past 20 years, a significant global apparel trend was a decrease in average product weight. Using import data from the U.S., E.U., and Japan, it was found that garments became 15-20% lighter during this time. Given that garments are made of fiber, this has had consequences for global fiber demand. More recently, product weights have stabilized, also affecting global fiber demand.

+ Read the full Changes in Average Garment Weights


Interested in more webinars from CottonWorks™? Access all past webinars here.