A recently published report on the EU agri-food exports for 2015, highlights a 23% increase in EU the value of export of raw fur skins to third countries. Thus, the European fur production contributes to EU agri-food exports to third countries reaching a record value of 129 billion euro, an increase of 6% on 2014.
The value of the EU export of fur skins was 523 million euro higher than the year before, and fur was only exceeded in value by the export of cereals, wines and spirits. The high ranking among EU agri-food exports is somewhat surprising. Even though fur skins are not included in the Russian ban on certain agricultural products, the political situation together with low oil prices most certainly has dampened Russian consumers’ lust for high-end products, and consequently also Russian fur manufacturers import of quality skins from Europe.
“The European fur production is rapidly increasing, especially in Eastern Europe, and we certainly has something to offer to European exports. The large markets outside Europe are China and Russia, and both markets appreciate the quality European fur farmers are able to deliver. At the same time new fur markets are on the rise, and in combination with a re-established Russian market, I believe the fur export will play an even bigger role in EU agri-food exports in the future,” says Mette Lykke Nielsen, CEO of Fur Europe.
In 2015, European fur farmers producers 43 million fur skins. This is a 30% increase since 2005.