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  • New Zealand – not in a pickle

    Published: 18 Sep, 2019

    Very little pickle is being produced in New Zealand this season, and in fact very little has been produced for most of 2019. 

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  • Automotive industry – continues to drive downhill

    Published: 18 Sep, 2019

    Car sales continue to nose dive in all major countries, this pattern has been the case for over a year now. But what is more worrying, is that many of the manufactures are turning away from using leather in the interiors, even those that do still use leather, state that their short to medium term plans are to move away from leather. 

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  • Ireland – Farmer unrest, slowing the flow of hides

    Published: 18 Sep, 2019

    The ongoing farmer protests in Ireland have caused a severe downturn in the number cattle being sent to slaughter. 

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  • United States – sales muted

    Published: 18 Sep, 2019

    National and regional holidays in many parts of the Far East, caused the hide markets to remain muted last week, with few sales being concluded.

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  • Argentina – Election concerns

    Published: 18 Sep, 2019

    There are growing concerns that the election of a populist left-wing government will have a negative impact on exports from Argentina. 

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  • Germany – OK at the top-end

    Published: 18 Sep, 2019

    As seen in the U.S., the attractive prices and relative availability has pushed an increasing number of buyers looking in the higher quality range of hides, driving a deeper wedge between the better hides and the lower grades. 

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  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Published: 18 Sep, 2019

    Putting together all the reports read and the interviews made during and after the recent Shanghai fair, the hide market seems poised to continue along the trajectory that has emerged in recent weeks.

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  • Australia – challenging market

    Published: 18 Sep, 2019

    The market remains challenging for Australian hides, with profitability of the business remaining a big problem for sellers. 

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  • European cows

    Published: 18 Sep, 2019

    Many agents and tanners in China report that the number of cowhides being offered from European suppliers has increased over recently.

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  • China files complaint with WTO over U.S. tariffs

    Published: 18 Sep, 2019

    China officially filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) on September 4 in response to the U.S. raising tariffs from 10% to 15% on US$300 billion worth of Chinese goods.

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