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Facts & figures about leather

The 2009 Global Market Study for the Leather Industry is an invaluable reference tool compiled by leather industry reserachers, market experts and statisticians at BLC and is available from BLC.  For further details complete the enquiry form.

World Trade

The following figures demonstrate the significance of the leather sector in relation to the value of trade in other commodities.

Value of world international trade average 2003-2005 in US$ million:                     

Raw hides and skins
Wet blue, crust and finished leather   
Leather footwear 31,338.6
TOTAL  Leather Sector
Meat from cattle, sheep and goats 24,105
Rubber 7,022
Coffee 6,738
Rice 7,010
Sugar 12,281

Source: FAO


Exotic Leathers and CITES

Exotic leathers feature strongly in luxury leathergoods and, when sourced from reputable suppliers, consumers can be confident that they meet stringent rules and arrangements for importing, exporting and other commercial activities.

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.  The regulation of trade is based on a system of permits and certificates which may only e issued where certain conditions are met.  These cover imports, exports, re-exports and all commercial uses.  The CITES agreement places controlled species into separate groups (Appendices) depending on the degree to which they are endangered, and these classifications are reviewed every two years.

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