(AGI) Moscow, Sept 30 - Moscow's annual shoe and leather goodsfair, Obuv Mir Kozhi 2014, opened on Tuesday and will remainopen until Oct. 3. The Italian pavilion was organised byAssocalzaturifici, with support from ICE, the Italiangovernment's overseas trade agency. There is a strong Italianpresence in the form of 190 companies at this year's fair aswell as stands from Argentina, France, Greece, Britain,Portugal, San Marino, Spain and Turkey, for a total of 320exhibitors covering 7,500 square metres. In order to give moreweight to the Italian companies, ICE in Moscow has organised aseries of meetings with the Italian stands with, for example 35shoe and leather specialists from cities across Russia, as wellas visits from Armenia and Belarus. Russia is the sixthlargest destination for Italian shoe and leather exports. Italyexported 267 million euros of footwear to Russia in 2013, a 7.1percent increase over 2012. ICE reports there was a slight dropin leather goods exported this year from last, with 100 millioneuros worth of goods sold. Exports to Russia dipped slightlythis year by 4.7 percent for shoes and 5.7 percent for leatherproducts as domestic demand fell and the ruble strengthenedslightly against the euro. Italy is the second largest exporterof footwear and leather goods after China, with a market sharethat has risen from 8.4 percent in 2013 to 10.2 percent in2014. (AGI). .