Hide and leather exports from Brazil fell in value by 24.5% in the first two months of 2019 compared to the same two months last year. In total, tanners and traders brought in just under US$210 million from exports of finished leather, crust and wet blue during January and February this year.
In terms of volume, exports for the first two months of 2019 had a total area of 31.2 million square-metres. This is 3.7% lower than the corresponding figure for January and February 2018.
In 2019, wet blue had a share of 52.7% of this volume, with 40.6% shipping as finished leather and 6.7% as crust. The volume of wet blue was more than 14% up on the figure for the same months last year, but the volume of finished leather exported was down by 9.2% and the volume of crust by 17.5%.
Brazil’s official cattle slaughter for the first two months of 2019 was up by 1.3% compared to the previous year at just over 3.9 million head.