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Exports of leather and leather products increased by 22% to $3.5 billion in the first six months of the current financial year from $2.9 billion in the same months in the previous year.
According to the latest data, all the products segments — finished leather, footwear, footwear components, leather garments, leather goods and saddlery and harness items — posted positive growth in rupee and dollar terms. Shipments in the second quarter increased by 10% when compared with the first quarter.
Though Germany, the UK, the U.S, Italy and France are the major markets, companies such as the Farida group have been exporting footwear to China. Smaller firms such as N.R. Leather Exports make shipments to Indonesia and Korean markets.
“Going by the growth rate, we will be able to reach an export value of $7.32 billion during the current year, which will be a major achievement,” says Council for Leather Exports (CLE) Chairman Rajendra K. Jalan. Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) President Rafeeque M. Ahmed said the country had been posting a 22% growth in leather exports and it was positive for the industry. To cover organised as well as unorganised sector and export as well as domestic markets, the CLE had initiated a vigorous process of mapping the leather and products industry by commissioning studies on four areas — raw hides and skins, tanning industry; leather products; footwear; and domestic retail industry in India for footwear, leather goods and accessories.
The study, to be undertaken by four agencies, would cover production data, turnover, manpower involved in the sector and clusters, among other things. The CLE had requested the Centre to fund the study, Jalan said.
Source: The Hindu