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Alligator hide exports slither to all-time high.

Popularity of American alligator hides and skins is on the rise with exports reaching an all-time high in 1999, Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Bob Odom says.

The Market Development Office of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry conducts an export study annually to ascertain which countries are importing American alligator hides and skins and how many they are buying. The study is based on data collected from exporters by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

In 1999, exports from the United States totaled 184,189 hides and skins worth nearly $18 million. The total value of exports increased 31 percent over 1998, and units exported increased roughly 30 percent. The study also found that for the second consecutive year, France and Italy purchases the majority of American alligator hides and skins. These two countries received about 73 percent of the exports.

Although most markets are expanding and buying more products, Japan, which imported 800 hides and skins worth $91,572 in 1998 bought none in 1999.

To expand existing international markets and open new ones, the department is combining resources with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA) to promote American alligator products.
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