New figures released by the US Hide Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA) for the first ten months of 2018 show year-to-date exports of hides of 23.7 million cattle hides, bringing in export revenues of more than US$1.3 billion.

Compared to the same months last year, this means shipments are down by 6.7% in volume and by 19.7% in value.

Wet-salted hides have made up 19.6 million of the total volume exported, bringing in export revenues of US$939.7 million. These figures represent a fall of 4% in volume and of 24% in value compared to the figures for the January-October period in 2017. (20.3 m and US$1.2 billion)

In the case of wet blue exports, the latest figures show total shipments for the ten-month period of 4.1 million hides and revenues of US$418.8 million. This means a decline in volume of 20% and in value of 14%. (5.1 m and US$488.3 m).