A group of 13 business leaders from the Chinese fur industry, who recently graduated from the Tsinghua University in Beijing’s E-MBA programme, visited Namibia last week as part of their graduation programme…Full Article: AllAfrica June 2016

Key Point

  • In mid-June 2016, representatives of Kopenhagen Fur (Danish fur breeders and auction house) and Chinese fur businesses met with the Swakara Board of Namibia in Windhoek to acquaint themselves with Namibia’s Swakara fur operations. Swakara pelts are obtained from Karakul sheep.

ChinaAg Comments

  • From 2011 to 2015, Chinese (incl. Hong Kong and Macau) imports of sheep and lamb skins increased from ~279,700 MTs to ~308,600 MTs. Nearly all imports entered via mainland China. In general, Australia accounted for 50% of Chinese sheep and lamb imports by volume for that period, followed by the UK (~18% of imports) and New Zealand (~12% of imports). In 2015, South Africa was the fifth largest supplier to the Chinese market (top African supplier).
  • In December 2015, Chinese fur production, export and consumption slowed for that year.
  • In February 2015, it was reported that Chinese fur production was expected to decline owing to weak demand in 2014.
  • From 2012 to 2014, Chinese production of dressed, dyed, and processed fur increased from CNY 64 billion (~US$10.15 billion) to CNY 76.6 billion (~US$12.29 billion).

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