EU to impose higher duties on Brazilian leather in 2014

Published:  07 October, 2013

Brazilian total leather exports for the month of September 2013 reached US$220 million according to preliminary data from the Department of Foreign Trade - Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC).†

It represents an increase of 35% compared with the same month of last year, reaching a growth rate of 18.6% in the value of exports in 2013 compared with the same period in 2012. Although the numbers are positive there is a concern for the future of the countryís leather exports.

The Executive President of the Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industries (CICB), Josť Fernando Bello has restated that the exclusion of Brazil in the European Union General Scheme of Preferences (SGP) planned for January 2014 is a concern. The CICB believe that Brazilís exclusion from the SGP will reduce the competitiveness of Brazilian leather in EU markets. According to the CICB there would be an increase in export duties on Brazilian exports in to Europe in the order of 3.5% in 2014. The EU accounts for 36% of Brazilian foreign exports of wet-blue, crust and finished leather, highlighted Bello.

Between January to September 2013, the exports of semi-processed, crust and finished leather from Brazil totalled US$1.82 billion or 1% of the countryís total exports.

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