According to the TIM Export Data of December 2013, Turkey exported leather and leather goods worth $1.9 billion in 2013, whereas the country exported leather and leather articles worth $1.6 billion during 2012.

Turkish leather and leather goods exports accounted for 1.3% of the overall exports made from the country during 2013. The highest exports were made from the leather shoes category with exports worth $730 million during last year indicating a rise of 32.4% year-on-year.

Russia was the main destination for exports of leather and leather products from Turkey with the country exporting $508 million worth of leather to Russia during 2013, accounting for 26.7% of the total leather exports from Turkey.

Italy ranked second with Turkey exporting leather and leather products worth $131.6 million during last year, accounting for 6.9% of the overall leather exports from the country, followed by Germany with $114.6 million, Iraq with $113.9 million, China with $81.2 million, Lithuania with $74.8 million, and France with $72.1 million.

As per the data, majority of leather and leather products exports were destined to countries in the European Union (EU) as the region accounted for 33.9% of total leather exports from Turkey during 2013.

Source: Fibre2Fashion