Leather and shoe exports up

13 July 2010

Leather and footwear exports topped US$2.3 billion in the first half of 2010, 10.9% up over the same period last year. The US was the largest importer, accounting for 28.9% of all exports, the Vietnam Leather and Footwear Association said on July 13.

Vietnam’s export into the EU fell because of the European Commission’s anti-dumping duties on Vietnamese leather shoes. Most footwear makers now have orders for until the end of the year, with orders rising 15-20% from last year.

Vietnam exports are mainly sports shoes, made from synthetic and leather materials to 50 countries and territories worldwide.

Domestic manufacturers have also been focusing on expanding their domestic market share, managing to capture a 50% share. However, the footwear industry faced a 10% labour shortage in the first half of the year and the association urged shoe makers to take measures to retain workers and provide training for new workers.

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