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Top 30 world leather producers (million square feet)

Country

2005

2010

2015

China

5375

5805

5962

Brazil

1383

1884

2260

Russian Fedn

1514

1627

1652

India

1261

1476

1516

Italy

2179

1741

1503

Korea

1337

1198

1144

Argentina

633

746

804

USA

655

709

719

Mexico

554

605

642

Turkey

563

544

529

Spain

471

456

410

Pakistan

354

356

354

Thailand

276

311

331

Iran

264

291

312

Indonesia

244

260

271

Bangladesh

268

239

225

Germany

269

249

218

Colombia

96

164

195

Saudi Arabia

182

193

193

Australia

159

165

174

Kenya

103

148

172

France

173

163

170

Nigeria

120

146

161

Sudan

129

154

159

Austria

143

146

157

New Zealand

155

156

152

Poland

139

137

135

Uruguay

168

136

128

Japan

216

172

121

Paraguay

63

97

120

Top 30 Countries

19445
84%

20476
88%

20892
87%

Others

3795
16%

2917
12%

3085
13%

World Total

23241

23393

23976

Source: FAO and ICT estimates

Top 30 world producers of bovine hides and skins (million pieces)

Country

1995

2000

2005

2010

2015

Argentina

12.9

12.4

14.3

11.5

11.5

Australia

8.3

8.6

8.9

8.3

8.8

Bangladesh

2.5

2.9

3.2

3.3

3.4

Brazil

24

31.7

39.4

39.4

40.7

Canada

3.1

3.9

4.5

3.7

3.0

China

26.3

39.0

44.1

47.3

47.6

Colombia

3.5

3.6

3.9

3.7

4.2

Egypt

2.9

2.8

2.6

2.5

2.9

Ethiopia

2.2

2.7

3.2

3.7

3.4

France

6.0

5.6

5.3

5.1

4.8

Germany

4.8

4.4

3.8

3.8

3.6

India

38.4

38.0

39.4

43.2

48.7

Indonesia

1.8

2.0

1.9

2.0

2.7

Italy

4.7

4.4

4.1

3.8

3.6

Kazakhstan

3.4

1.9

2.2

2.6

2.6

Kenya

1.7

2.0

2.7

3.1

3.2

Mexico

6.9

6.9

7.7

8.5

8.8

New Zealand

3.6

3.4

3.8

3.9

4.2

Nigeria

1.6

2.1

2

2.3

3.3

Pakistan

6.3

7.4

8.4

12.8

14.4

Russian Fedn

19.8

12.0

10.7

9.3

8.4

South Africa

2.2

2.4

2.8

2.9

3.1

Sudan

2.2

2.6

5.5

8

8.4

Tanzania

2

2.2

2.5

2.7

3.2

Thailand

1.7

2.4

2.3

2.7

2.7

Turkey

1.9

2.0

1.6

2.6

3.0

Ukraine

6.0

5.4

2.8

2.9

2.6

U.K.

3.8

2.3

2.4

2.6

2.5

USA

37.3

37.3

33.3

35.3

32.8

Uzbekistan

2.2

2.2

2.9

3.7

4.8

Top 30 Countries

244

256.5

272.2

287.2

296.9

Rest of the World

60.4

59.3

62.1

66.7

70

World Total

304.4

315.8

334.3

353.9

366.9

Source: FAO

Top 30 world producers of sheep and lamb skins (million pieces)

Country

1995

2000

2005

2010

2015

Afghanistan

6.4

7.6

5.5

6.7

7.4

Algeria

10.0

9.7

10.5

12.5

11.7

Argentina

4.2

4.6

4.9

4.1

4.4

Australia

32.8

33.1

28.9

37.4

30.9

Azerbaijan

2.0

2.0

2.7

5.1

5.9

Brazil

5.4

4.5

4.8

5.2

5.4

China

74.7

101.2

121.6

123.3

124.3

Ethiopia

3.6

3.6

6.8

8.6

8.9

France

7.7

7.4

5.3

6.7

6.0

Greece

7.7

7.4

8.6

8.3

7.8

India

27.1

29.8

33.2

37.0

38.5

Indonesia

3.8

3.3

6.6

4.5

5.0

Iran

17.3

18.6

17.7

4.9

4.5

Italy

8.0

7.0

6.5

5.7

5.0

Kazakhstan

14.2

4.9

5.4

6.9

7.6

Mongolia

4.6

4.3

2.9

4.3

4.8

Morocco

6.1

7.2

7.1

9.7

10.6

New Zealand

33.5

30.6

29.4

25.3

21.3

Nigeria

6.0

10.5

12.5

15.5

16.8

Pakistan

13.0

9.6

10.3

10.5

5.1

Romania

6.9

5.1

5.1

6.1

6.2

Russian Fedn

18.0

6.3

7.0

9.1

9.9

South Africa

8.9

9.1

8.8

9.0

8.6

Spain

20.1

20.5

19.4

11.7

10.7

Sudan

9.5

18.0

20.6

25.7

25.9

Syria

7.3

6.1

4.5

3.8

3.0

Turkey

20.0

20.3

17.2

15.0

16.9

Turkmenistan

3.1

4.4

6.0

8.5

9.2

U.K.

21.2

18.4

16.3

16.0

15.0

Uzbekistan

4.7

4.5

3.9

5.3

6.5

Top 30 Countries

407.8

419.6

440

452.4

443.8

Rest of the World

83.7

84.6

89.1

95.5

99.7

World Total

491.5

504.2

530.9

547.7

543.5

Source: FAO

Top 30 world producers of goat skins (million pieces)

Country

1995

2000

2005

2010

2015

Afghanistan

2.4

3.7

3.5

3.4

3.7

Bangladesh

17.0

19.2

25.7

36.7

39.5

Brazil

4.2

2.6

2.6

2.5

2.6

Burkina Faso

2.4

2.8

3.4

4.0

4.5

Cameroon

1.3

1.6

1.6

2.0

2.2

China

65.7

96.8

130.9

137.1

139.0

Egypt

1.6

1.4

1.6

2.6

2.8

Ethiopia

2.9

3.0

5.7

7.8

8.3

Greece

4.8

4.5

5.6

5.2

4.8

India

68.0

71.3

76.3

88.9

92.5

Indonesia

5.6

4.5

5.1

6.9

7.0

Indonesia

3.8

3.3

6.6

4.5

5.0

Iran

7.2

7.8

8.7

10.0

9.1

Kenya

3.0

3.1

3.9

4.3

3.2

Malawi

0.3

0.7

1.0

2.5

3.4

Myanmar

0.6

0.9

1.3

3.0

3.5

Mexico

2.5

2.5

2.5

2.6

2.5

Mongolia

1.2

2.4

2.6

3.4

3.5

Morocco

1.4

1.6

2.0

2.1

2.4

Nepal

2.8

3.3

3.8

4.6

5.3

Niger

2.5

3.0

2.4

2.1

2.1

Nigeria

12.3

17.4

20.2

22.7

23.5

Pakistan

25.1

23.3

21.8

19.7

20.3

Philippines

2.5

3.2

2.0

3.3

3.3

Somalia

2.3

2.5

3.3

3.0

3.3

Sudan

8.5

12.8

12.0

9.7

9.7

Tanzania

2.2

2.5

2.6

2.6

2.6

Turkey

3.7

3.4

2.9

3.0

2.9

UAE

1.2

1.4

1.0

2.4

2.6

Yemen

1.8

2.3

2.5

2.5

2.5

Top 30 Countries

258.3

308.2

362.1

405.5

418.2

Rest of the World

36.8

40.2

57.2

65.1

80.9

World Total

295.6

348.4

419.3

470.6

499.1

Source: FAO

End use of leather % by market sector, 2015 (source: UKLF/ICT)
Share of leather by animal type

It is estimated that leather made from all other animals = less than 0.5%
Source: FAO

Value of international trade in hides, skins and leather footwear average 2012-2014 (Million US Dollars)

Developing countries

Developed countries

World

Raw hides and skins

361

5,864

6,225

Wet blue, crust and finished leather

11,865

10,420

22,286

Leather footwear

25,442

28,275

53,717

Total

37,668

44,559

82,227

Sugar (raw equivalent)

19,721

23,523

43,244

Meat (beef and veal)

23,336

5,489

29,185

Rubber (natural dry)

19,964

8,668

28,632

Coffee (green)

24,141

866

25,007

Rice (milled)

18,426

3,065

21,491

Cotton (lint)

8,083

8,577

16,660

Tea

5,040

976

6,016

Source: FAO

The volume of international trade in hides, skins and leather footwear (2014)

Developing countries

Developed countries

World

Hides & Skins
(000t)

336

2,615

2,951

Leather
(M sq ft)

6,924

4,354

11,278

Leather footwear (M pairs)

1,462

699

2,161

Source FAO

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