All of the cotton that is imported into the United States, with a few exemptions, is assessed a cotton fee at the time of entry. Whether the imported cotton is in the form of fabric, raw materials, t-shirts or denim jeans, the assessment fee on that cotton goes to fund the Cotton Research and Promotion Program.
Of the Cotton Board’s 77 Members and Alternates, 30 are cotton importers representing major U.S. retailers and brands. These board members are the voice of the import segment of the industry to The Cotton Board and Cotton Incorporated and provide valuable insight that helps to shape the activities of the Cotton Research and Promotion Program. Importer members and alternates are nominated by Certified Importer Organizations and appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture.
As stakeholders in the Program, Importers are encouraged to become involved and use the services they are helping to support by exploring the tabs on the left of this Web page.