China’s leather exports dropped 11.3 percent year-on-year to $76.4 billion in 2016 on weak demand, according to the China Leather Industry Association. Exports to the United States, the largest overseas market, declined by 15 percent year-on-year, Ye Xiangju, deputy secretary general of the China Leather Industry Association, said at a press conference…Full Article: China Daily Apr 2017

Key Points

  • In 2016, for the first time ever, China’s import value of finished (retail) leather products was larger than the import value of its raw materials (raw leather).
  • From 2015 to 2016, China’s leather imports declined 7% in value to USD 8.9 billion.

ChinaAg Comments

  • From 2012 to 2016, Hong Kong imports of tanned or crust hides and skins of bovine and equine animals decreased from approximately 100,000 MTs to 31,200 MTs. Hong Kong imports of leather further prepared after tanning or crusting (from bovine and equine animals) decreased from approximately 64,100 MTs to 42,900 MTs. Hong Kong imports of raw hides and skins of bovine and equine animals decreased from approximately 78,900 MTs to 8,200 MTs.
  • From 2012 to 2015, mainland China’s imports of raw hides and skins of bovine and equine animals (i.e. cows and horses) averaged around 1 million MTs annually. Mainland imports of tanned or crust hides and skins of bovine and equine animals averaged around 720,000 MTs annually. Mainland imports of raw skins of sheep and lambs averaged around 294,000 MTs annually. Mainland imports of leather further prepared after tanning or crusting (from bovine and equine animals) averaged 152,000 MTs annually.
  • In October 2012, China’s leather industry was facing tough competition from India’s leather industry within the international market owing to China’s increasing production costs and India’s comparable leather quality.
  • In 2011, China’s State Forestry Administration authorized The China Leather Industry Association to collect production data on mink, fox and raccoon pelts. The association’s first publication was released in 2013.

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