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Italy’s Exports of Bovine Leather into China Continues to Decline

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  • Paraguay experienced the highest growth rate of imports, among the main suppliers over the last eleven years.
  • In 2018, approx. 318K tonnes of leather of bovine and equine animals were imported into Italy.
  • In value terms, bovine and equine leather exports stood at $3.5B (IndexBox estimates) in 2018.

IndexBox has just published a new report: ‘Italy – Leather Of Bovine And Equine Animals – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends And Insights’. Here is a summary of the report’s key findings.

The revenue of the bovine and equine leather market in Italy amounted to $1.8B in 2018, therefore, remained relatively stable against the previous year. This figure reflects the total revenues of producers and importers (excluding logistics costs, retail marketing costs, and retailers’ margins, which will be included in the final consumer price). In general, bovine and equine leather consumption continues to indicate a mild descent. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2013 with an increase of 43% against the previous year. Bovine and equine leather consumption peaked at $2.4B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2018, consumption stood at a somewhat lower figure.

Production in Italy

In 2018, the amount of leather of bovine and equine animals produced in Italy totaled 428K tonnes, falling by -7.4% against the previous year. Over the period under review, bovine and equine leather production continues to indicate a mild contraction. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2013 with an increase of 21% against the previous year. Bovine and equine leather production peaked at 522K tonnes in 2007; however, from 2008 to 2018, production stood at a somewhat lower figure.

In value terms, bovine and equine leather production amounted to $1.7B in 2018 estimated in export prices. Over the period under review, bovine and equine leather production continues to indicate a slight deduction. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2013 when production volume increased by 44% year-to-year. Bovine and equine leather production peaked at $1.9B in 2007; however, from 2008 to 2018, production stood at a somewhat lower figure.

Exports from Italy

In 2018, the amount of leather of bovine and equine animals exported from Italy amounted to 283K tonnes, waning by -2.7% against the previous year. Overall, bovine and equine leather exports continue to indicate a significant deduction. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2010 when exports increased by 13% year-to-year. Exports peaked at 410K tonnes in 2007; however, from 2008 to 2018, exports remained at a lower figure.

In value terms, bovine and equine leather exports stood at $3.5B (IndexBox estimates) in 2018. In general, bovine and equine leather exports continue to indicate a mild decline. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2010 with an increase of 19% year-to-year. Exports peaked at $4.2B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2018, exports stood at a somewhat lower figure.

Exports by Country

China (92K tonnes) was the main destination for bovine and equine leather exports from Italy, accounting for a 32% share of total exports. Moreover, bovine and equine leather exports to China exceeded the volume sent to the second major destination, Viet Nam (36K tonnes), threefold. Spain (18K tonnes) ranked third in terms of total exports with a 6.2% share.

From 2007 to 2018, the average annual rate of growth in terms of volume to China amounted to -1.2%. Exports to the other major destinations recorded the following average annual rates of exports growth: Viet Nam (+15.7% per year) and Spain (-3.0% per year).

In value terms, the largest markets for bovine and equine leather exported from Italy were Romania ($284M), China, Hong Kong SAR ($265M) and the U.S. ($247M), with a combined 23% share of total exports. These countries were followed by Viet Nam, China, Spain, Poland, France, Germany, Portugal, India and Austria, which together accounted for a further 41%.

In terms of the main countries of destination, Viet Nam experienced the highest growth rate of exports, over the last eleven years, while the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Export Prices by Country

The average bovine and equine leather export price stood at $12,383 per tonne in 2018, growing by 5% against the previous year. Over the period from 2007 to 2018, it increased at an average annual rate of +1.9%. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2012 an increase of 21% year-to-year. The export price peaked at $14,278 per tonne in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2018, export prices remained at a lower figure.

Prices varied noticeably by the country of destination; the country with the highest price was the U.S. ($33,326 per tonne), while the average price for exports to China ($2,238 per tonne) was amongst the lowest.

From 2007 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was recorded for supplies to Romania, while the prices for the other major destinations experienced more modest paces of growth.

Imports into Italy

In 2018, approx. 318K tonnes of leather of bovine and equine animals were imported into Italy; remaining constant against the previous year. Over the period under review, bovine and equine leather imports continue to indicate a temperate decrease. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2010 when imports increased by 19% y-o-y. Over the period under review, bovine and equine leather imports attained their maximum at 441K tonnes in 2007; however, from 2008 to 2018, imports remained at a lower figure.

In value terms, bovine and equine leather imports amounted to $1.7B (IndexBox estimates) in 2018. Over the period under review, bovine and equine leather imports continue to indicate a moderate reduction. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2010 with an increase of 50% y-o-y. Imports peaked at $2.4B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2018, imports remained at a lower figure.

Imports by Country

In 2018, Brazil (90K tonnes) constituted the largest bovine and equine leather supplier to Italy, with a 28% share of total imports. Moreover, bovine and equine leather imports from Brazil exceeded the figures recorded by the second-largest supplier, the U.S. (38K tonnes), twofold. Paraguay (20K tonnes) ranked third in terms of total imports with a 6.2% share.

From 2007 to 2018, the average annual rate of growth in terms of volume from Brazil stood at -1.6%. The remaining supplying countries recorded the following average annual rates of imports growth: the U.S. (+0.4% per year) and Paraguay (+15.7% per year).

In value terms, Brazil ($319M), the U.S. ($209M) and Russia ($130M) constituted the largest bovine and equine leather suppliers to Italy, with a combined 40% share of total imports. These countries were followed by New Zealand, the UK, Paraguay, Ukraine, South Africa, Australia, Kenya, Bolivia and Venezuela, which together accounted for a further 18%.

Paraguay experienced the highest growth rate of imports, among the main suppliers over the last eleven years, while the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Import Prices by Country

The average bovine and equine leather import price stood at $5,216 per tonne in 2018, declining by -1.8% against the previous year. In general, the bovine and equine leather import price, however, continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2010 an increase of 27% against the previous year. The import price peaked at $5,755 per tonne in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2018, import prices stood at a somewhat lower figure.

There were significant differences in the average prices amongst the major supplying countries. In 2018, the country with the highest price was Russia ($10,205 per tonne), while the price for Venezuela ($1,538 per tonne) was amongst the lowest.

From 2007 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by Russia, while the prices for the other major suppliers experienced more modest paces of growth.

Source: IndexBox AI Platform