France’s national leather industry body, the Conseil National du Cuir, has published a far-reaching statistical analysis of the global leather industry in 2018. It explained that the time it took to obtain data from all the countries it wanted to include meant it was only now able to publish figures for 2018. It said China had one-third of global leather exports that year, Italy 11.9%, Vietnam 11.5% and France 5%.

It only gives a value for France’s leather-sector exports, putting it at €10.6 billion, which would imply an overall value of global exports at €212 billion. Based on this, China’s leather exports in 2018 would be worth €70 billion, Italy’s at €25 billion and Vietnam’s at €24.4 billion.