South Africa leather export quantities

In 2019 South Africa shipped 46,416 tonnes of leather. In 2019 alone, the market for South Africa leather (processed category) has reduced, recording a change of -32.554 per cent compared to the year 2018. Between 2017 and 2019, leather's exports reduced by -37.58 pc bringing the country US$102.55m for the year 2019. South Africa's leather exports are classified as:

  • Bovine and equine leather, dehaired, prepared after tanning, incl. parchment-dressed (excluding leather of whole bovine hides, with a surface area of <= 2,6 mý, full grains and full grain splits, chamois leather, patent leather, patent laminated leather and metallized leather) (HS code 410439)
  • Leather of reptiles, vegetable pre-tanned only (HS code 410721)
  • Bovine leather, dehaired, mineral or synthetic pre-tanned only, whether or not split (excluding leather of whole hides, with a surface area of <= 2,6 mý) (HS code 410422)
  • Leather of antelopes, deer, elks, elephants and other animals, incl. sea animals, dehaired, and leather of hairless animals (excluding bovine and equine animals, sheep and lambs, goats and kids, pigs and reptiles, chamois leather, patent leather and patent laminated leather and metallized leather) (HS code 410790)
  • Grain splits leather "incl. parchment-dressed leather", of the whole hides and skins of bovine "incl. buffalo" or equine animals, further prepared after tanning or crusting, without hair on (excluding chamois leather, patent leather and patent laminated leather, and metallised leather) (HS code 410712)
  • Patent leather and patent laminated leather; metallized leather (excluding lacquered or metallized reconstituted leather) (HS code 410900)
  • Leather further prepared after tanning or crusting "incl. parchment-dressed leather", of goats or kids, without wool or hair on, whether or not split (excluding chamois leather, patent leather and patent laminated leather, and metallised leather) (HS code 411310)
  • Leather of whole hides of bovine animals, with a surface area of <= 2,6 mý, dehaired (excluding chamois leather, patent leather, patent laminated leather and metallized leather) (HS code 410410)
  • Full grains and full grain splits of bovine and equine animals, dehaired, prepared after tanning (HS code 410431)
  • Leather further prepared after tanning or crusting incl. parchment-dressed leather", of sheep or lambs, without wool on, whether or not split (excluding chamois leather, patent leather and patent laminated leather, and metallised leather)" (HS code 411200)
  • Leather "incl. parchment-dressed leather" of the whole hides and skins of bovine "incl. buffalo" or equine animals, further prepared after tanning or crusting, without hair on (excluding unsplit full grains leather, grain splits leather, chamois leather, patent leather and patent laminated leather, and metallised leather) (HS code 410719)
  • Bovine and equine leather, dehaired, tanned or pretanned only, whether or not split (excluding leather of whole hides of bovine animals, with a surface area of <= 2,6 mý, and bovine leather, pre-tanned only) (HS code 410429)
  • Parings and other waste of leather or of composition leather, not suitable for the manufacture of leather articles; leather dust, powder and flour (HS code 411520)
  • Bovine leather, dehaired, vegetable pre-tanned only, whether or not split (excluding leather of whole hides, with a surface area of <= 2,6 mý) (HS code 410421)
  • Leather of swine, dehaired (excluding chamois leather, patent leather, patent laminated leather and metallized leather) (HS code 410710)
  • Leather "incl. parchment-dressed leather" of the portions, strips or sheets of hides and skins of bovine "incl. buffalo" or equine animals, further prepared after tanning or crusting, without hair on (excluding unsplit full grains leather, grain splits leather, chamois leather, patent leather and patent laminated leather, and metallised leather) (HS code 410799)
  • Leather further prepared after tanning or crusting "incl. parchment-dressed leather", of pigs, without hair on, whether or not split (excluding chamois leather, patent leather and patent laminated leather, and metallised leather) (HS code 411320)
  • Composition leather based on leather or leather fibre, in slabs, sheets or strip, whether or not in rolls (HS code 411510)
  • Grain splits leather "incl. parchment-dressed leather", of the portions, strips or sheets of hides and skins of bovine "incl. buffalo" or equine animals, further prepared after tanning or crusting, without hair on (excluding chamois leather, patent leather and patent laminated leather, and metallised leather) (HS code 410792)
  • Leather of reptiles (excluding vegetable pre-tanned only, plus chamois leather, patent leather, patent laminated leather and metallized leather) (HS code 410729)
  • Leather further prepared after tanning or crusting "incl. parchment-dressed leather", of antelopes, deer, elks, elephants and other animals, incl. sea animals, without wool or hair on, and leather of hairless animals, whether or not split (excluding leather of bovine and equine animals, sheep and lambs, goats or kids, swine and reptiles, and chamois leather, patent leather, patent laminated leather and metallised leather) (HS code 411390)
  • Full grains leather "incl. parchment-dressed leather", unsplit, of the whole hides and skins of bovine "incl. buffalo" or equine animals, further prepared after tanning or crusting, without hair on (excluding chamois leather, patent leather and patent laminated leather, and metallised leather) (HS code 410711)
  • Composition leather based on leather or leather fibre, in slabs, sheets or strip, whether or not in rolls (HS code 411100)
  • Leather further prepared after tanning or crusting "incl. parchment-dressed leather", of reptiles,, whether or not split (excluding chamois leather, patent leather and patent laminated leather, and metallised leather) (HS code 411330)
  • Full grains leather "incl. parchment-dressed leather", unsplit, of the portions, strips or sheets of hides and skins of bovine "incl. buffalo" or equine animals, further prepared after tanning or crusting, without hair on (excluding chamois leather, patent leather and patent laminated leather, and metallised leather) (HS code 410791)
  • Patent leather and patent laminated leather; metallised leather (excluding lacquered or metallised reconstituted leather) (HS code 411420)
  • Chamois leather, incl. combination chamois leather (excluding glacé-tanned leather subsequently treated with formaldehyde and leather stuffed with oil only after tanning) (HS code 411410)
  • Parings and other waste of leather, parchment-dressed leather or composition leather, not suitable for the manufacture of leather articles; leather dust, powder and flour (HS code 411000)
  • Full grains leather, unsplit and grain splits leather, in the dry state "crust", of hides and skins of bovine "incl. buffalo" or equine animals, without hair on (excluding further prepared) (HS code 410441)
  • Chamois leather, incl. combination chamois leather (excluding glac‚-tanned leather subsequently treated with formaldehyde and leather stuffed with oil only after tanning) (HS code 410800)

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South Africa leather export values

In 2019, South Africa shipped leather costing 102.55m USD, a contraction of -21.17% from 2018's total leather export of 130.095m USD. The annual reduction in value of South Africa leather between 2017 to 2018 was 12.425 pc.

The annual/yearly change in the quantity of South Africa's leather exports between 2017 and 2019 was -37.58 percent compared to a variation of -32.554% in the period between 2018 and 2019.

South Africa's share of the world's total leather's exports in 2019 was less than 1%. The country is ranked number 17 in world exports of leather.

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Export markets for South Africa leather ( in '000$ )

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Import/Export Trends

South Africa is a net exporter of leather. The annual growth of South Africa leather in value between 2015 to 2019 was 402%, per year, while annual growth in quantity for the same period was 251%, per annum.

South Africa bought 5,808 tonnes of leather in 2019.