Zimbabwean Leather Maker Gears Up to Tap into Chinese Markets with Exotic Elephant & Hippo Leather Goods

Zimbabwean companies, which used to mainly export largely unprocessed hides, have now started value addition, they are now exporting finished leather products.
Good Hope Leather Goods Maker Plans to Enter Into Chinese Markets

In the heart of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest city, a group of dedicated artisans is working diligently in a bustling workshop. Their goal? To produce high-quality luxury leather goods that are set to make a significant impact on the global stage, particularly in China.

The workshop, which produces everything from elegant bags to sophisticated belts from leather, is a testament to craftsmanship and attention to detail. The distinct aroma of leather permeates the air, providing visitors with a sensory experience that speaks of authenticity and luxury.

“Once someone buys leather, you’ve got a lifetime. This is gold on its own. It’s something you buy and you never need to buy again. It’s an investment.”

Grace Matsika, the marketing director of Good Hope Leather Products

Good Hope Leather Products is renowned for its wide array of leather goods, which include not just cowhide products, but also items made from the hides of exotic animals such as crocodile, elephant, ostrich, and hippo. The company operates under strict regulations, holding licenses from the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and adhering to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

“We are looking forward to exhibiting at the Chinese expo, which is coming up very soon. We have a lot of new designs that we are bringing in. What we are looking forward to is not just selling, but also learning.”

Grace Matsika, the marketing director of Good Hope Leather Products

With over three decades of experience, the company is now setting its sights on expanding into the Chinese market, recognizing the immense potential it holds. This year, Good Hope Leather Products will be showcasing its premium products at the China International Import Expo (CIIE), slated for November in Shanghai.

“We are so interested in the Chinese market. If you market there, you can get more business,” highlighting the strategic importance of the Chinese market for Zimbabwe’s flourishing leather sector.

Elliot Matsika, the managing director of Good Hope Leather Products

To meet the anticipated demand, production at the workshop is being ramped up. The aim is to not only increase output but also to ensure that the quality of the products remains uncompromised.

Zimbabwe’s leather industry benefits greatly from the country’s abundant livestock and wildlife resources. These resources, coupled with well-developed value chains, provide a solid foundation for the production of high-quality leather goods.

“Zimbabwean companies, which used to mainly export largely unprocessed hides, have now started value addition, they are now exporting finished leather products. We are actually a very important player within the Chinese market. We are set to grow.”

Renwick Wachenyuka, an export promotion officer at ZimTrade.

The move towards exporting finished products rather than raw hides represents a significant shift in Zimbabwe’s trade strategy. By adding value locally, the country can increase its export revenues and create more jobs within the leather sector.

Wachenyuka pointed out that Zimbabwe has the capability to export a diverse range of leather products. Measures are being implemented to maintain and enhance the competitiveness of these products in global markets.

Historically, trade between Zimbabwe and China has been dominated by minerals and agricultural products. However, the introduction of value-added leather goods is seen as a promising new avenue for boosting trade. Stakeholders are optimistic about the potential profitability of these exports.

In conclusion, As Good Hope Leather Products prepares to make its mark at the China International Import Expo, there is a palpable sense of anticipation and excitement. The company’s dedication to quality and innovation, combined with Zimbabwe’s rich resources and strategic support from ZimTrade, positions it well to tap into the lucrative Chinese market. With a focus on value addition and a commitment to excellence, Zimbabwe’s leather industry is set to grow and thrive on the international stage. The future looks bright for this ambitious endeavor, promising lasting benefits for the country’s economy and its skilled artisans.

Company website – http://www.goodhlp.com

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