Vietnam is striving to earn at least 12 billion USD from exporting footwear and bags this year.

In 2013, Vietnam’s total export turnover of these products hit 10.32 billion USD, up 18 percent from the previous year. Of this figure, 1.92 billion USD came from the export of bags and suitcases, a year-on-year rise of 26 percent.

The European Union market accounted for 33.1 percent of the leather and footwear sector’s total export turnover.

Meanwhile, the US remained the key importer of Vietnamese footwear. Vietnam now ranks second among shoe exporters to this market, following China.

Currently, about 1,100 enterprises are involved in footwear production in Vietnam. They have employed 720,000 workers.

In addition, thousands of individual producers and handicraft villages have taken part in exporting footwear products.-VNA