Italy: import volume of leather products 2018, by country of origin

In 2018, Italy imported 71 million kilograms of leather products from China. The Asian giant was by far the leading supplier of leather to Italy. Spain, which came second in the list, only provided 10 million kilograms of such products. From January to October 2018, a total of 123.2 million kilograms of leather products entered Italy, 5.2 million more than in the same period the previous year.

Exports of leather products

Despite experiencing a contraction in the export volume, an increase in the average price per kilogram of leather products allowed the sector to register a growth of ten percent in the export value in 2018. In particular, exports towards Switzerland reached a value of 1.6 billion euros in 2018, increasing by 25 percent compared to the previous year. This evidence confirmed the important role played by major luxury groups in the performance of the sector, for many of which Switzerland represents the logistical hub for their international operations.

Most popular leather products

A closer analysis of the exports of leather products from Italy can offer an insight in the most popular products. Small leather handbags were by far the most successful leather products in 2018, with an export value that reached approximately 3.4 billion euros. In comparison, for example, exports of leather briefcases and document holders reached a value of just 104 million euros.

Import volume of leather products in Italy in 2018, by country of origin

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Release date

January 2019



Survey time period

January to October 2018

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