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Brazilian tanners enjoyed significant exports during 2014

Exports of Brazilian leather totalled a little over $2,900 billion in 2014 (a growth of 17.4 per cent over the 2013 figure) according to the country’s Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade. For the month of December, exports increased by 5.8 per cent in comparison to the same month a year earlier. This resulted in Brazilian leather being exported to a value of $254 million during the last month of 2014, up from $240 million in the previous December.

According to José Fernando Bello, executive president of the Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industry (CICB), the situation Brazilian leather exporters are in is a positive one – not only because of the foreign sales figures, but also because of the investment the sector has made and the effort it has put in to increase its competitiveness in the international market.

“It was a very good year in terms of numbers, meaning leather is being recognised across the world as a top material,” said Mr Bello. “This is the result that can truly bring benefits for the industry in the future to come.”

Despite the impressive increase in exports, Mr Bello is aware of the challenges Brazilian leather producers will face during 2015. He has asserted that this is a crucial moment for the government to have a more collaborative attitude towards the industry, which could bring direct benefits to Brazil’s economy.

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This article was originally published on page 3 of the March 2015 issue of SATRA Bulletin.

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