Portugal launches campaign to export leather goods
Plans are in place to build on Portugal’s centuries-old tradition of producing high-quality leather goods.
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After a growth in the Portuguese leather goods sector, which in 2022 saw the value of its exports increase by a reported 39 per cent year-on-year, the Portuguese Footwear, Components, Leather Goods Manufacturers’ Association (APICCAPS) is promoting a new campaign under the heading ‘innovation, quality, and design’.
During 2022, the export of leather goods which were manufactured in Portugal is said to have totalled EUR 273 million (USD 290.3 million/GBP 238.1 million), and in the first half of the current year, exports of these items have been logged as having grown by 18 per cent year-on-year to EUR 150 million (USD 159.5 million/GBP 130.8 million).
According to APICCAPS, the number of Portuguese companies which are operating in the leather goods sector has increased by 42 per cent in the last decade to 142 businesses, and employment figures have tripled to 3,324.
“There is a strong tradition of producing excellent leather goods in our country – particularly for international luxury brands.” commented APICCAPS president, Luís Onofre.
This article was originally published on page 3 of the November 2023 issue of SATRA Bulletin.