Tanners adding value to exports

Published:  13 February, 2014

Official statistics by SECEX (Foreign Trade Secretariat) from Brazil show exports of hides and skins with a value of $201.9 million for the month of January 2014, an increase of 22.5% compared with January 2013. 

Brazilian tanners exported more than 2.7 million hides in January 2014, which represents an increase in volume of 2.4% in compared with the same month last year. However, 54.9% of these hides were exported as wet-blue and only 37.8% as finished leather, which represented a continuation of a trend that began in 2013.

However, finished leather made in Brazil has a greater share of exports in value terms compared with wet-blue. In January, finished leather contributed 49.5% of the total value of hide exports, compared with wet-blue’s share of 38.4%.

Brazilian exports January 2014 (by volume)

Salted – 1.3%

Wet-blue – 54.9%

Crust – 6.1%

Finished – 37.8%

Brazilian exports January 2014 (by value – US$)

Salted – 0.8%

Wet-blue – 38.4% (wet-blue splits 7.5%)

Crust – 3.7%

Finished – 49.5%