Record month for Brazilian leather exports

Published:  19 November, 2013

Exports of hides and skins made by SECEX (Foreign Trade Secretariat in Brazil), for the month of October 2013 showed an increase compared with the same month of 2012 and also to September this year. October was a record value in a single monthly period. 

October showed a total export value of US$236.9 million, a higher value than May of this year, which held the previous record of US$229.3 million. Compared with October 2012 it was 28.3%, whose value was US$184.5 million, and an increase of 6.8% compared to September 2013 when US$221.8 million was recorded.

In terms of quantity Brazilian exports in October reached 3.37 million pieces, also a monthly record, with an increase of 31.5% compared with October 2012, whose total was 2.56 million pieces. There was a significant increase in the number of finished leather exported with a record 1.32 million hides.

The main destinations for Brazilian leather between January and September 2013 were: China/Hong Kong with 35.4%, 21.1% to Italy, and the United States with 10.2% (by value).

The main exporting states from Brazil during the same period were São Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul, with 20.4% and 19.7%, respectively. Followed by Goiás with 12.5%, 11.9% from Paraná, Ceará with 8.0% and Mato Grosso do Sul with 6.2%. 

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