Which Country Exports the Most Leather Apparel in the World?

Wearing Apparel May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

In 2016, the global exports of leather apparel totaled 195K tonnes, going down by -9.6% against the previous year level. Overall, leather apparel exports continue to indicate a drastic descent. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2011, an increase of -2.5% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, global leather apparel exports attained its maximum volume of 387K tonnes in 2007; however, from 2008 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

In value terms, leather apparel exports stood at $7.3B in 2016. Overall, leather apparel exports continue to indicate a mild slump. Over the period under review, global leather apparel exports attained its maximum level of $9.5B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

Top Leather Apparel Exporting Countries in the World

1. China (1,356.9 million USD)

2. Italy (1,076.5 million USD)

3. India (887.5 million USD)

4. France (488.3 million USD)

5. China, Hong Kong SAR (431.7 million USD)

6. Germany (360.4 million USD)

7. Spain (248.5 million USD)

8. Netherlands (167.1 million USD)

9. United Kingdom (165.8 million USD)

10. Bangladesh (21.8 million USD)

Leather Apparel Exports By Country

China (85K tonnes) represented the key exporting country with an export of about 85K tonnes, which accounted for 43% of total exports. It was distantly followed by India (43K tonnes), and China, Hong Kong SAR (12K tonnes), together committing 28% share of total leather apparel exports. Italy (8.6K tonnes), Bangladesh (5.5K tonnes), Germany (5.2K tonnes), the Netherlands (3.9K tonnes), the UK (3.6K tonnes), Spain (3.3K tonnes), and France (3K tonnes) followed a long way behind this figure.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of leather apparel exports, among the main exporting countries, was attained by Bangladesh (+49.2% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, China ($1.4B), Italy ($1.1B) and India ($888M) constituted the countries with the highest levels of exports in 2016, with a combined 46% share of global exports. These countries were followed by France, China, Hong Kong SAR, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, the UK and Bangladesh, which together accounted for a further 26%.

Bangladesh (+47.1% per year) had the highest rates of growth with regard to the leather apparel exports, in terms of the main exporting countries, over the last 9 year period, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Leather Apparel Export Prices By Country

In 2016, the average export price for leather apparel amounted to $37 per kg, remaining relatively unchanged against the previous year level. Overall, it indicated a prominent expansion from 2007 to 2016: the export price value increased at an average annual rate of +6.0% over the last nine years. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. Based on the result of 2016, leather apparel export price decreased by -7.6% against its level of 2014. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2011, when it surged by 19% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, average leather apparel export price attained its maximum level of $40 per kg in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

Export prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest export prices was France ($164 per kg), while Bangladesh ($3,935 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of leather apparel export prices was attained by China, Hong Kong SAR (+11.1% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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All data provided in this article covers the following product: HS Code 4203 - Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, of leather or of composition leather.

Source: World: Apparel Of Leather Or Of Composition Leather - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025