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Just as they were for the country’s tanners, the first four months of 2020 were also difficult for leathergoods manufacturers in France, reports Leatherbiz.
France exported finished leather worth €62.6 million in the first four months of 2020, a decline of 40% year on year, reports Leatherbiz.
The Leather and Hide Council of America (LHCA) has warned exporters of hides from the US to China that the authorities in the Asian country have issued a new requirement for imported raw materials to be free of covid-19 and to have certification that the products have undergone formal testing, reports Leatherbiz.
Figures for the first three months of 2019 show that car manufacturers in Germany made just over 1.25 million vehicles. This represents a decline of 10% compared to the same quarter in 2018.
The United States Department of Agriculture is forecasting a slight increase in glbal red meat production for 2019.