Leather goods: breakdown of world exports in value by country 2020
Italy is one of the leading countries in terms of leather production
Considered one of the leading countries in the world market for leather goods, Italy exported in 2017 most of the output from its leather tanning industry to EU countries: around 42.7 percent of its 2017 output went to EU countries among which France, Romania, Spain, Germany or Hungary. According to the Italian National Tanning Industry Union, around 60 percent of the leather produced in Italy in 2017 was destined to the production of footwear and other leather goods.
The Italian leather goods industry seems to be faring well in comparison to the Chinese industry
Even with the growing importance of other global leather producers and the Chinese dominance of the worldwide exports, Italy still achieved record growth in 2017 and the production value of the leather tanning industry in Italy has remained stable. In 2017, the value of the production in this industry amounted to approximately 5.1 billion euros. This meant an increase of roughly 100 million euros in comparison to 2016. In the meantime, the total value of Italian leather shoes exports jumped from 8.8 billion euros in 2016 to almost 9.2 billion euros in 2017.