Cotton Supply Solutions

 

Our cotton business connects raw cotton suppliers, traders and end users around the globe through integrated sourcing, logistics, sales and distribution. Leveraging Targray Group’s supply chain and international footprint, our traders are able to create differentiated value for customers. We operate in markets around the world, with a large origination and destination network backed by an experienced team of supply specialists.

Our work in the international cotton sector allows us to address global challenges surrounding sustainable supply chains  while also creating opportunities for profitable, responsible growth in developing countries.

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What We Do

Cotton Traders
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Cotton Sourcing

Our cotton sourcing team works directly with producers, farmers and wholesale cotton suppliers in markets throughout West Africa, South America, India and Australia.

Cotton Containers
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Transportation

Our ocean freight transportation and warehousing expertise enables us to create efficient trading scenarios for cotton suppliers & buyers in several markets.

Cotton Distribution
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Supply & Distribution

With extensive industry knowledge and networks in origin and destination markets, we are a valuable strategic distribution partner for cotton wholesalers.

Sustainable Cotton

Sustainable cotton is grown in a way that minimizes environmental impact and supports viable producer livelihoods and communities.

Sourcing cotton produced according to a sustainable standard or certification is a good first step companies can take improve the sustainability of the cotton they procure. While each sustainable cotton standard is different, sourcing cotton from one or more sustainable standard can have significant environmental, social and economic benefits.

We are committed to addressing cotton sustainability challenges through our sustainable cotton trading activities and our association partnerships with Better Cotton and CmiA. Learn more about sustainability in Cotton.

The Impact of Using Sustainable Cotton

  • Fewer hazardous chemicals on farms; Safer handling and more efficient use where chemicals are still used.
  • Less water used for cotton crop irrigation, which benefits other users of local water sources and natural habitats in water-stressed regions.
  • Reducing the poverty rate among cotton farmers and workers in developing countries through higher yields.

Environmental Benefits

  • Improvements to soil health
  • Reduction in the amount of water used
  • Reduction in the use of chemical fertilizers
  • Reduction in the use of pesticides
  • Greater biodiversity at the site of production

Social and Economic Benefits

  • Promotes a livable wage for farmers, workers and communities where cotton is grown
  • Helps independent farmers become more profitable
  • Increases consumer trust and confidence in cotton products

Cotton Classification

Cotton classification consists of determinations of fiber length, length, uniformity, fiber strength, color, trash, leaf, and extraneous matter. Cotton grades are used for manual classification purposes. They specify levels of color and leaf for various grade designations.

Solutions for International Cotton Traders

Targray connects producers and consumers of cotton in markets around the globe, and is a major buyer of wholesale cotton produced in Benin, Mali, Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and India. Our experienced team of cotton suppliers & traders works with partners in these countries to help increase their competitiveness in domestic and international markets.

Our commitment to responsible and sustainable supply chains is reflected in all of our cotton sourcing, trading, logistics, sales and distribution activities. Our in-house expertise in global logistics helps us ensure that the products we provide maintain their exceptional quality throughout the product journey.

Cotton Industry Associations

Better Cotton

Better Cotton is the world’s leading sustainability initiative for cotton. Their mission is to help cotton communities survive and thrive, while protecting and restoring the environment. In 2005, as part of a round-table initiative convened by WWF, a group of visionary organisations came together to form Better Cotton and ensure the product’s sustainable future.

International Cotton Association (ICA)

The majority of the world’s cotton is traded internationally under ICA bylaws and rules. The ICA now has more than 550 members and its membership spans all corners of the globe and represents all sectors of the cotton supply chain.

The French Cotton Association (AFCOT)
For over 130 years, the French Cotton Association (AFCOT) has represented and defended the interests of international cotton professionals throughout the value chain. It represents participants directly or indirectly involved in the cotton sector including traders, producers, banks, insurance companies and more.
International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC)

The ICAC is an association of members of cotton producing, consuming and trading countries. The Committee was formed in 1939, and the Secretariat was established in 1946. Its mission is to serve the cotton and textile community through promotion, knowledge sharing, innovation, partnerships and providing a forum for discussion of cotton issues of international significance.

American Cotton Shippers Association (ACSA)
The American Cotton Shippers Association (ACSA) is a federation of merchants, shippers, warehousemen, gins, banks, futures brokers and logistics experts. Together, they offer an expertise in global cotton trading that is unparalleled in the industry.
Cotton made in Africa (CmiA)

Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) is the association behind one of the world’s leading standards for sustainably produced cotton. Its goal is to help people help themselves, via trade rather than donations, in order to improve the living and working conditions of smallholder farmers in Africa and to protect our environment.

Latest News

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