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China's Leather Shoe Exports Rise in 2017, Boosting Demand for U.S. Hides and Skins

On May 29, a Guangdong Footwear Production Innovative Development Forum was held in Guangzhou, where major industry players discussed how to boost footwear production in Guangdong Province. This forum was followed by the Guangzhou Leather and Shoe Fair from May 30-June 1st. After two consecutive years of decreasing shoe exports, in 2017 China’s exports rose nearly 5 percent, with Guangdong making up a large portion of total exports. China has become the world’s largest producer of footwear followed by Vietnam and Indonesia. However, in recent years challenges have arisen, including slowing economic growth in China and also climbing labor costs. Despite these obstacles, footwear exports rose for both volume and value in 2017, increasing demand for U.S. hides and skins. At these events ATO Guangzhou was able to connect with some of the major buyers and users of U.S. hides, and plan future promotions to boost U.S. sales.

China's Leather Shoe Exports Rise in 2017, Boosting Demand for U.S. Hides and Skins
China's Leather Shoe Exports Rise in 2017, Boosting Demand for U.S. Hides and Skins
China's Leather Shoe Exports Rise in 2017, Boosting Demand for U.S. Hides and Skins
China's Leather Shoe Exports Rise in 2017, Boosting Demand for U.S. Hides and Skins