China 2022 leather exports up by almost 20%

21 March 2023

China’s leather exports were up by nearly 20 percent in 2022 while imports were down, according to Chen Zhanguang, chairman of the China Leather Industry association. Chen presented the statistics at a press conference during the Asia Pacific Leather Fair (APLF) in Dubai.

China’s leather industry generated sales revenue of 1.16 trillion yuan in 2022, decreasing slightly by 0.1% from the previous year. Exports of the entire leather supply chain amounted to US$107.55 billion, a year-on-year increase of 19.3%, while imports amounted to $17.27 billion, a decrease of 12.3% year-on-year.


  • Imports of raw hides and skins were 1.21 million ton and US$1.35 billion, down by 3.1% and 6.9% compared to the previous year.
  • Semi-finished leather imports were 502,000 tons and US$1.02 billion, declines of 15.8% and 18.3% year-on-year.
  • Finished leather imports totaled 49,000 tons and US$900 million, declines of 24% and 18.3% year-on-year.

Leather Garment Industry

  • China exported 10.23 million leather garments valued at of US$170 million, higher by 18.2% and 20.2% respectively over 2021.
  • Imports were 337,000 leather garment totaling US$110 million, declines of 26.4% and 3.5% respectively from the previous year.

Footwear Industry

  • In 2022, China exported 9.29 billion pairs of footwear for US$57.58 billion, increases of 6.6% and 20.4% year-on-year.
  • Footwear imports totaled 190 million pairs and US$5.9 billion, down by 10.3% and 3.7% from the previous year.
  • China exported 720 million pairs of leather shoes for US$11.46 billion, higher by 7.8% and 14.9% over the previous year. Leather shoe imports were 71 million pairs and US$2.8 billion, slightly lower by 0.2% and 0.8% from last year.

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