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During the first quarter of 2022, Spanish foreign sales of tanned hides were well above pre-covid-19 pandemic levels. Like processed hides, exports of semi-tanned hides were also well above what they were in 2019, before lockdowns and travel restrictions. Only sales of raw hides showed negative figures in relation to the first quarter of 2019.
In this way, according to data from the General Directorate of Customs, during the first three months of 2022 compared to 2021, exports of raw skins grew by 14.6 percent (5.1 million euros more), those of semi-tanned skins soared 19.5 percent (3 million euros more) and those of tanned skins increased 34 percent (25.5 million euros more).
If we compare the accumulated figures for 2022 with those of 2020, Spanish exports of raw skins rose by 4.1 percent; those of semi-tanned skins, 28.1 percent, and those of tanned skins, 16 percent. In relation to the first quarter of 2019, months prior to the new coronavirus crisis, sales of raw skins fell by 1.9 percent, while semi-tanned skins increased by 42.2 percent and of tanned hides rose 12.4 percent.
Regarding imports of hides and leather, during the first quarter of 2022 compared to the previous year, purchases abroad of raw skins increased by 42.3 percent (5.1 million euros more); the import of semi-tanned skins, 52.7 percent (9.4 million euros more) and, finally, those of tanned skins, 53.4 percent (22.7 million euros more).
In relation to the accumulated figures of 2020, imports of raw hides decreased by 4.9 percent, while those of semi-tanned skins increased by 15.7 percent and those of tanned skins, by 9.9 percent. In relation to the first quarter of 2019, imports of raw skins increased by 3.7 percent and semi-tanned skins, by 18.3 percent, while those of tanned skins fell by 20.4 percent.
Consequently, the leather trade balance in the first quarter of 2022 showed an imbalance in general terms in favor of exports of 49.9 million euros.
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