The Cotton Brazil Outlook seminar brought together more than 60 important professionals from the textile industry, which is responsible for 1.7% of global clothing exports. 


On February 26th, a Brazilian delegation, representing Abrapa (Brazilian Cotton Producers Association) and Cotton Brazil, was in Indonesia for a series of meetings with important players in the local textile market. In addition to business meetings, the Cotton Brazil Outlook seminar, held in the capital Jakarta, was an event that brought together more than 60 local business people in the sector and which had the support of the Brazilian Embassy in the city.  

The objective of the first Buyers Mission was to strengthen commercial relations and identify new opportunities for commercial collaboration between the two countries.  

“Over the years, Brazilian cotton has shown resilience in terms of competitiveness and has held a good share of the Indonesian market”, observed Bruno Breitenbach, Brazilian agricultural attaché in Indonesia. 

Brazil x Indonesia numbers are positive  

During the 2022/23 commercial year, 23% of Indonesia’s imports originated in Brazil. In total, the country acquired 362 thousand tons of cotton this season to supply its textile industry. This industry was responsible for 1.7% of global clothing exports in 2022. Currently, the country is the seventh largest importer of cotton down in the world. 

Good relations in the cotton trade between the two nations are not new. “Indonesia is the country with the greatest history of trust in Brazilian products, which are part of the Indonesian textile industry”, emphasized the president of Abrapa, Alexandre Schenkel, during the seminar.  

In addition to the opportunity to expand relationships and generate new business between producers and industrialists, the seminar Cotton Brazil Outlook Jakarta presented the most recent news from the 2023/24 harvest, recently harvested in Brazil. 

“Our mission was to show expectations for the 2024 harvest and innovations in sustainability and traceability in Brazil,” explained Schenkel. 

Brazilian delegation at Cotton Brazil Outlook Indonesia

Brazil bets on traceability as a differentiator 

One of the distinguishing features of Brazilian cotton farming is the traceability of the product from the farm to the processing plant. 

During the last harvest, more than 80% of production received socioenvironmental certification. Additionally, the harvest is entirely mechanized in the country, which helps avoid contamination of the product. 

“In the 2023/24 season, Brazil improved in all cotton quality indicators in relation to the previous harvest”, highlighted the president of Abrapa. 

In the country, 100% of the fiber produced undergoes laboratory analysis using high-volume equipment (High Volume Instrument – HVI) – an international fiber classification standard. 

Brazil is currently the third largest producer and second largest exporter of fiber in the world, estimated to ship 2.34 million tons in the 2023/24 commercial cycle. 

The mission also took place in Bangladesh 

Until March 1st, the Brazilian group of cotton growers and exporters held appointments in Bangladesh, the world’s largest importer and second largest market for Brazilian products. 

Commercial meetings, business meetings, and an edition of the “Cotton Brazil Outlook Dhaka” seminar were also held in the country. Sectoral entities, public bodies and business people make up the delegation’s target audience. 

The Indonesia-Bangladesh Mission is one of the international promotional actions carried out by Cotton Brazil, a brand that represents the Brazilian cotton production chain on a global scale. The program was created by Abrapa and is carried out in partnership with the Brazilian Export and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) and with support from the National Association of Cotton Exporters (Anea).