Trade Analytics

Leather Industry in India

Last Updated: November, 2016

Introduction

Leather is one of the most widely traded commodities globally. The growth in demand for leather is driven by the fashion industry, especially footwear. Apart from this, furniture and interior design industries, as well as the automotive industry also demand leather. The leather industry has a place of prominence in the Indian economy due to substantial export earnings and growth.

The Indian leather industry accounts for around 12.9 per cent of the world’s leather production of hides/skins. The country ranks second in terms of footwear and leather garments production in the world.

Export highlights

India’s leather industry has grown drastically, transforming from a mere raw material supplier to a value-added product exporter.

  • Total leather and leather good exports from India stood at US$ 5.92 billion in FY 2015-16.
  • During 2015–16, the major markets for Indian leather products were US (14.25 per cent), UK (12.24 per cent), Germany (11.5 per cent), Italy (6.9 per cent), Spain (5.6 per cent), Hong Kong (5.4 per cent), France (5.3 per cent), UAE (4.5 per cent), Netherlands (3.2 per cent), China (2.8 per cent) and Australia and Belgium (1.45 per cent each).
  • At 47.0 per cent, footwear accounted for the lion’s share of leather exports in FY 2015-16, followed by leather goods and accessories with 23.0 per cent share, finished leather with 18.0 per cent share, leather garments with 9.0 per cent share, and saddlery & harness with 3.0 per cent share.
  • Per capita footwear consumption in India is expected to increase up to four pairs, while domestic footwear consumption is expected to reach up to five billion pairs by 2020.

     

COUNCIL FOR LEATHER EXPORTS

The Council for Leather Exports (CLE) is an autonomous non-profit organisation, which is entrusted with export promotion activities and the development of the Indian leather industry. About 3,172 companies manufacturing/exporting leather and leather products are members of the Council.

Total leather and leather good exports from India stood at US$ 5.92 billion in FY 2015-16.

Source: Council for Leather Exports (CLE)

The net export of Leather and Leather products stood at US$ 6.5 billion for FY 2014-15.

Source:
Council for Leather Exports (CLE)

LEATHER E-BROCHURE

Other Export Promotion Councils:

Disclaimer: This information has been collected through secondary research and IBEF is not responsible for any errors in the same.

Leather

Executive Director
3rd Floor, CMDA Tower II,
Gandhi Irwin Bridge Road
Egmore, Chennai - 600008,
Tamil Nadu
India

Tel.:+91-44-28594367-71 (5 line)
Fax: +91-44-28594363/ 64
Email: cle@cleindia.com
Website: www.leatherindia.org

The net export of Leather and Leather products stood at US$ 6.5 billion for FY 2014-15.

Source:
Council for Leather Exports (CLE)

Exports

Leather Industry in India