South Africa: Market Opportunities for Leather and Leather Products from Africa
The sector for leather and leather products plays an important role in many of the poorest countries in Africa, and leather manufacturing can be a significant employment generator in a number of these countries. While leather imports into South Africa declined over five years to only US$ 109 million in 2009, the market remains attractive to exporters in nearby countries. South Africa: Market Opportunities for Leather and Leather Products from Africa uncovers a growing import potential for leather articles such as clothing, handbags and accessories. The research for this paper revealed some market niche opportunities for African exporters of hides and skins. However, potential exporters must first improve the perception of the quality level of their products among South African importers, particularly in the industrial sector. This change in perception is essential to influencing the current patterns of sourcing in South Africa. This technical paper has been prepared to guide exporters in developing countries—mainly in Africa—on how to access the newly emerging market for leather and leather products in South Africa. It is one of a series of sectoral and market studies in BRICS (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China, South Africa) countries.