Leather exports from Brazil up by a quarter in 2014

Published:  09 May, 2014
Fernando Bello

A total value of US$254 million was exported by the Brazilian tanning industry in April 2014, according to preliminary data from the Department of Foreign Trade – Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC).

So far in 2014, the accumulative figure is US$958.6 million regarding exports of hides and skins (finished, crust, wet-blue), which represent an increase of 25.5% in comparison with the same period in 2013.

José Fernando Bello, Executive President of the Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industry (CICB), says the positive numbers reflect the value of the product in a global market.

According to Bello, the rise in people’s perception towards leather as a quality material around the world has influenced new consumers to enter the leather market.

The contribution of leather in the total Brazilian exports is at 1.4%. The total value of exports of all products, Brazil registered a surplus of US$506 million, reducing the cumulative national deficit to US$5.57 billion.