The Turkish leather industry embarks on a trip to Italy to heal the wounds of the pandemic. The Turkish leather industry is participating in the “Expo Riva Schuh & Garda Bags Fair”, the most prestigious meeting place of the footwear and leather goods industries, with 11 companies. The shoe industry will reach its $1 billion export target with the export it will make to boot.
“Expo Riva Schuh & Garda Bags Fair”, of which the Aegean Leather and Leather Products Exporters’ Association undertakes the Turkish National Participation Organization, will be held in Riva Del Garda, Italy, between 18-20 July 2021. Erkan Zandar, the President of the Aegean Leather and Leather Products Exporters’ Association, informed that the shoe and leather goods sectors accounted for 77% of the $793 million export of the Turkish leather industry in the January-June period of 2021. He noted that shoe exports increased by 21% from $420 million to $506 million, and leather goods exports increased by 37% from $77 million to $105 million, and that the two sectors exported $611 million in the first half of 2021.
Pointing out that “Expo Riva Schuh & Garda Bags Fair” is a key position for shoe and leather goods manufacturers and exporters who want to enter the Italian market or want to increase their market share, Zandar said, “We have many companies that are capable of producing for chain markets in Italy and Europe. Italy is one of the largest leather product buyers in the world. The Turkish shoe industry aims to exceed $1 billion in exports by the end of 2021. Italy is one of the most important target markets for our leather and leather products industry to reach the target set within the framework of the 2023 export strategy. After the pandemic, there is a recovery and an increase in demand around the world. We believe that our Turkish companies will return from the “Expo Riva Schuh & Garda Bags Fair” with export connections.” The exports of the Turkish leather industry to Italy in the January-June period of 2021 increased by 5% from $40 million 451 thousand to $42 million 311 thousand. Italy was the fourth country to which the Turkish leather industry exports the most, while shoes ranked first with an export of $16.4 million. The leather industry exported $15 million of leather hides, $5.4 million of leathercraft and $5.3 million of leather fur to Italy.
Source: Sabah / Translated by Irem Yildiz