Five steps

You Are the Deciding Link in the Chain

None of this works without you because the cotton could not be fashioned into clothing without you.

The following steps apply first and foremost to the CmiA Mass Balance system (MB). If you or your clients wish to use the Hard Identity Preserved system, additional requirements will need to be met.

Step One: Purchase CmiA Cotton

This is the most important step. Purchase CmiA-verified cotton from authorised traders. Please specifically order CmiA cotton; ordering only African cotton is not enough. In addition, Cotton made in Africa must be mentioned on contracts and invoices. For your initial registration please send us a suitable document as proof of purchase. All further CmiA cotton purchases will then be entered in the SCOT Tracking System by the cotton traders and be added to your cotton balance with your acknowledgement.

Step Two: Register Your Company With ATAKORA

Register your company with ATAKORA Fördergesellschaft GmbH, the Aid by Trade Foundation’s marketing association. At this stage, you will be asked to provide additional information about your products and to appoint a contact person to coordinate integration with CmiA.

Step Three: Pay the Registration Fee and Receive a Certificate

After paying the registration fee, your spinning mill will receive a CmiA certificate valid for one year, and it will be added to all relevant lists and databases as a CmiA yarn supplier. Potential clients now know that they can purchase CmiA yarn from your spinning mill.

Step Four: Mass Balance Monitoring

As a registered spinning mill, you are entitled to produce and sell as much CmiA yarn as you have purchased CmiA cotton before. As soon as your mass balance becomes negative, new CmiA cotton must be ordered.

Step Five: Reporting via SCOT

Every month, you enter your CmiA yarn sales into CmiA’s SCOT Tracking System or use the system to acknowledge your business partners’ purchases of CmiA yarn.
Your CmiA cotton purchases are added to your cotton balance after being entered into SCOT by the cotton traders and being acknowledged by you.

This applies even if your spinning mill is part of a multi-part or vertical production operation and produces the CmiA yarn for its own use.

  • Revocation of CmiA Certificates

    If a spinning mill demonstrates poor participation in the CmiA Tracking System (i.e. by failing to maintain regular transaction entries or acknowledgments via SCOT), or if a spinning mill incurs a negative mass balance and does not order sufficient quantities of CmiA cotton in time, the offending spinning mill’s certificate will be revoked, meaning that it is deleted from the relevant databases and lists and that all CmiA partners will be informed accordingly.

Important Information For Spinning Mills

The following information are also important for processing CmiA cotton:

  • CmiA-certified cotton can be integrated into normal production.
  • A spinning mill can register with Cotton made in Africa at any time, even if the ordered CmiA cotton has not yet arrived at the warehouse. A corresponding proof of purchase is sufficient.
  • CmiA cotton can be ordered by registered spinning mills at any time, for example when prices are low but the mass balance is not yet negative.
  • CmiA cotton may also be used to produce yarns for the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). In this case, you need to order the CmiA-BCI cotton type from the trader. However, BCI cotton cannot be declared or sold as CmiA cotton.

It is also possible to register with CmiA as a yarn trader. A corresponding registration certificate enables you to buy CmiA yarns from registered spinning mills and sell them to fabric Producers.


CmiA Membership for Yarn Traders

Yarn traders also require CmiA memberships. A CmiA membership number is valid for one year and permits you to purchase CmiA yarn from registered spinning mills and to sell to CmiA-registered fabric producers. All purchases and sales of CmiA yarn must also be entered into or acknowledged via CmiA’s SCOT Tracking System on a monthly basis.

If your company is a yarn dye house, you also require a CmiA membership, meaning that your company receives a one-year CmiA membership number and enters its purchases and sales of CmiA yarn into the SCOT Tracking System.

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