The first semester of 2016 came to an end with an increase in Brazilian leather exports. From January to June this year, Brazil has sold 99,785 million square meters of leather. The number represents a growth of 9,7% in comparison to the same period in 2015, highlighted by products of higher added-value. Figures come from the Department of Foreign Trade from the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC), with further analysis by the Department of Commercial Intelligence at CICB (the Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industry).
June alone shows an increase in relation to the same month last year: leather exports were 5,9% higher. And there is an important factor to be considered: in both June and the entire first semester of 2016 there was a substantial participation of finished and semifinished leather in Brazilian leather exports. In June 2016, finished and semifinished leather represented 75,5% of total sales for the international market; during the first semester, the increase of semifinished leather exports has already reached 115,4%, while finished leather has reached 14,7%.
Actions promoted by the Brazilian Leather project – an initiative of CICB in partnership with Apex-Brasil (Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency) – have proved to be determinant for such positive results.
China and Hong Kong, Italy, the U.S., Vietnam and Hungary are the main buying countries of Brazilian leather. This year alone, 68 different countries have bought leather from Brazil. The main Brazilian exporter states are: Rio Grande do Sul (22,8% of total exports), São Paulo (21%), Goiás (15,2%), Paraná (7,8%) and Ceará (7,7%).
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