Which Country Imports the Most Leather Apparel in the World?

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

Which Country Imports the Most Leather Apparel in the World?

IndexBox has just published a new report "World: Apparel Of Leather Or Of Composition Leather - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025". Here is a summary of the report's key findings.

Global leather apparel imports stood at 478K tonnes in 2016, going down by -2.3% against the previous year figure. In general, leather apparel imports continue to indicate a temperate setback. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2015, when imports increased by -0.0% y-o-y. Global leather apparel import peaked of 582K tonnes in 2007- however, from 2008 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

In value terms, leather apparel imports amounted to $7.2B in 2016. In general, leather apparel imports continue to indicate a mild contraction. Global leather apparel import peaked of $9B in 2014- however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Leather Apparel Importing Countries in the World

1. Germany (655.1 million USD)

2. France (504.5 million USD)

3. China, Hong Kong SAR (380.2 million USD)

4. Japan (355.8 million USD)

5. Italy (346.8 million USD)

6. United Kingdom (344.4 million USD)

7. Spain (294.6 million USD)

8. China (221.1 million USD)

9. India (22.9 million USD)

10. Philippines (22.3 million USD)

11. Pakistan (5.0 million USD)

Leather Apparel Imports By Country

China (231K tonnes) represented the main importing country with an import of around 231K tonnes, which resulted at 48% of total imports. It was distantly followed by India (44K tonnes), comprising 9% share of total leather apparel imports. Germany (18K tonnes), China, Hong Kong SAR (12K tonnes), the UK (11K tonnes), Japan (9.4K tonnes), France (8.7K tonnes), Italy (8.3K tonnes), Spain (7.8K tonnes), Pakistan (7.7K tonnes), and the Philippines (7.6K tonnes) took the mild share of total imports.

China experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. At the same time, the Philippines (+8.4%), India (+1.9%), and Pakistan (+1.8%) displayed positive paces of growth. Moreover, the Philippines emerged as the fastest growing importer/exporter in the world, with a CAGR of +8.4% from 2007-2016. By contrast, Spain (-3.4%), the UK (-5.0%), Italy (-5.1%), Japan (-5.5%), Germany (-5.6%), France (-6.2%), and China, Hong Kong SAR (-14.8%) illustrated a downward trend over the same period. While the share of China, Hong Kong SAR (8%), and Germany (3%) increased significantly, the shares of the other countries remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

In value terms, Germany ($655M), France ($505M) and China, Hong Kong SAR ($380M) appeared as the countries with the highest levels of imports in 2016, together comprising 21% of global imports. These countries were followed by Japan, Italy, the UK, Spain, China, India, the Philippines and Pakistan, which together accounted for a further 22%.

India (+17.1% per year) recorded the highest rates of growth with regard to the leather apparel imports, in terms of the main importing countries, over the last 9 years, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Leather Apparel Import Prices By Country

In 2016, the average import price for leather apparel amounted to $15 per kg, reducing by -9.1% against the previous year. Overall, leather apparel import price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2011, when import increased by 16% year-to-year. Global leather apparel import peaked of $18 per kg in 2014- however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Import prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest import prices was France ($58 per kg), while India ($515 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of leather apparel import prices was attained by India (+14.9% 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