Bali handicraft export products made from leather were valued at US$9.67 million in 2012, an increase of 14.07% compared to 2011 when only US$8.48 million in leather goods were shipped abroad.
The spokesman for the provincial government of Bali, I Ketut Teneng, quoted by the State News Agency Antara, said, “There was also an increase in the volume of these goods, growing 148.48% from 4.1 million pieces in 2011 to 10.4 million pieces in 2012.”
Teneng said that leather goods represent 3.01% of Bali’s total exports that were valued at US$481.83 million in 2012. Total handicraft exports form Bali, however, declined 3.22% as compared to 2011 when goods worth US$497.86 million where shipped to overseas buyers.
The government tracks 17 handicraft items made for export. Among the most popular leather items shipped are jackets, belts shoes and handbags.
Japan is the leading consumer of Balinese leather goods purchasing 28.31% of all leather items made for export. In terms of market share.
Other major purchasers of Bali leather handicrafts are Singapore (19.7%), The Netherlands (9.73%), U.S.A. (7.03%), Australia (6.37%), France (3.05%), Germany (2.29%), Thailand (2.03%), U.K. (0.73%) and Hong Kong (0.43%).
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