The volume of exports of the leather and footwear industries (LFI) rose by 9.1%, to 1,516.6 million dinars at the end of November 2019, against 1,390.7 million dinars in the same period last year.
The leather clothing field has the lion’s share as its exports reached 27.1 million dinars in the first 11 months of 2019, up 96.4% compared with the same period last year, according to data provided by the National Centre for Leather and Footwear (CNCC).
Likewise, the other sectors recorded a rise reaching 18.1% for accessories and components (44.4 MD) and 17.7% for shoe uppers (340.1 MD).
However, the leather, hides and pelts sector dropped by 22.2% at the end of November, standing at 54.2MD against 69.7MD at the end of November 2018.
The LFI’s imports recorded were up 5.6% at the end of the first 11 months of 2019, reaching 1,083.5 million dinars, against 1,025.6 million dinars during the same period in 2018.
The most imported products are shoe stems (127.2 MD), leather, hides and pelts (551.6 MD) and the accessories and components (206.7 MD).
On the other hand, imports of leather goods recorded a 3% drop at the end of November 2019, compared to the same period in 2018, reaching 78.3 MD, against 80.7 MD in 2018.
According to the CNCC’s data, the sector’s trade balance posted a 140% coverage rate of imports by exports during the first 11 months of 2019.