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  • Australia – Few hide offers made available

    Published: 20 Oct, 2021

    There appear to be very few offer lists out in mid-October from Australian traders, those that have offered have done so at stand on price levels, although as yet there are no confirmed sales reported.

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  • France – Calfskins remain at strong levels

    Published: 20 Oct, 2021

    The French hide market is mainly driven by the European tanners at the moment, this has been keeping prices steady. Bulls and heavy cowhides continue to be sought after. On the other hand China has been very quiet during the past two to three weeks (early October).

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  • Germany – Uncertainty of stocks of finished leather

    Published: 20 Oct, 2021

    Around a month since the Lineapelle (Milan) trade fair. For many this was a good opportunity to finally meet face-to-face with tanners and agents. The Autumn fair is normally one were strong sales volumes are discussed and then booked, as we head into the final quarter of the year, a time when slaughter rates increase and tanners start to build towards their Spring collections.

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  • Turkey – Business still not good

    Published: 20 Oct, 2021

    Some leather industry journals are reporting that the shoe market is rising, and that the good times are here. This does not appear to be the case within Turkey, reports from there feel that this is misleading news, much of the shoe sales are for non-leather and textile shoes, which have no bearing on the leather market, other than to undermine it. 

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  • Chinese perspective on European hides

    Published: 20 Oct, 2021

    For over 25 years the flow of hides from almost all European origins to Chinese tanners has been constant. Some origins walked away from their traditional selling homes in Italy. Freight was cheap and the returns were better for suppliers, payment via letter of credit was fast and this aided finances. 

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  • New Zealand – Positive news

    Published: 20 Oct, 2021

    During these times of price uncertainty in the world market for sellers, it feels that you have to go searching for positive news. Look no further than the New Zealand wet-blue market, which has shown price gains on all weights and all selections in recent weeks. 

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  • United States – Sales volumes good, prices down

    Published: 20 Oct, 2021

    Some better volume sales than of late, have helped suppliers to pass on some of the very low bids coming from Chinese tanners, however the trend for any new business booked continues to show prices softening. There are always some anomalies, and these come in the shape of butt branded steers, which have bucked the trend and shown some slight upward price movement, this is mainly down to an upturn in demand for steers in general from South Korean tanners. 

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  • South Africa – Slowly rebuilding

    Published: 20 Oct, 2021

    We are now a full three months on from the looting and rioting that spread across parts of the country. The recovery for retailers has been mixed, the rebuilding continues with the subsidies that were given, but often the payments are slow in coming and inadequate. Others report that their businesses are back to normal and that trade is picking up. A few report that they are having good times, with lower rent and an increase in sales. 

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  • China – Buyers looking to more aggressive

    Published: 20 Oct, 2021

    Tanners continue to buy, and continue to be more aggressive when it comes to the price. A few tanners who have large inventories are reported to be out of the market, their feeling is the longer they can stay out, then the lower they can buy, and the more they can average down their overall stock value.

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  • European bovine slaughters

    Published: 20 Oct, 2021

    The recovery of bovine slaughters for the EU-27 continued in the second quarter of 2021, when almost 5.6 million head were slaughtered, marking a 4.3% increase compared with the same period of 2020 (pandemic affected). The negative gap still existing at the end of Q1 was therefore completely filled and at the end of the first semester, the two years showed almost identical numbers, at just above 11.1 million head both in 2020 and 2021. 

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