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.