Aegean Leather and Products Exporters’ Association member companies recently reached 13 million dollars of exportation in July 2017. This amount matches an increase of 34% in comparison with the same month of last year. Total export income of Aegean leather producers for the first seven months of the year is 76 million dollars. And 126 million dollars of leather and products exportation has been made in the last 12 months, which is equal to an increase of 7 percent. The export to the EU countries stands for 43,2% of the total leather and leather products export. Main markets in terms of countries and their shares are Russian Federation, Germany, Italy, France and Spain.
Today, more than 23 thousand of companies are operating in leather and products sector throughout Turkey. The jobs these companies create is about 400 thousand which is 0.5 % of total labor force.
Turkey is one of the leading countries of the leather and leather products in both production and export. With its high export performance, Turkish leather industry has taken an important proportion of the world leather trade. Not only with its production and export but also with its quality and unique style, Turkey is accepted as a forerunner among the manufacturing countries.
With its advanced technological infrastructure and environmental-friendly production policy, Turkish leather processing industry is accepted as one of the leading industries in the world. It’s ranked as the third in Europe after Italy and Spain, in terms of production capacity.
In addition to domestic fairs, national participation has been organized to many international leather fairs through which the image of the country that is colored by the creation of fashion and trademark is presented to the world.