India Sourcing: Leather products

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  • Leather footwear exports amounted to $2.27 billion from 2014 to 2015

  • Top-quality leather is imported

  • India has two billion square foot of leather produced yearly

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  • Exports touched $4.5 billion from 2014 to 2015

  • Shipments increased by 16 percent from the previous fiscal

  • The U.S. accounted for 28 percent of total exports from 2014 to 2015

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  • SMEs depend on foreign buyers for designs

  • Exporters source leather from Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal

  • The price of leather has gone up by about 20 to 25 percent compared to last year

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  • Approximately 90 percent of featured suppliers plan to adjust prices in the next six months

  • Four-fifths of respondents see exports rising up to 10 percent

  • Leather product makers are alarmed over dwindling number of skilled workers

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    This section discusses key issues affecting export manufacturers in Nepal, offering insight into industry composition and important supply centers.

    The leather industry holds a prominent place in the Indian economy. This sector is known for its consistency in high export earnings and is among the top 10 foreign-exchange earners in the country.

    The industry thrives because of the abundance of raw materials, with India taking up 21 percent of the world’s cattle and buffalo and 11 percent of the total goat and sheep population.

    India leather product exportsCompetitive advantagesChallengesIndustry composition
  • India exported leather footwear worth $2.27 billion in 2014

  • Major markets include the U.S., U.K., Hong Kong, Spain France, Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates and China

  • Leather is one of the focus sectors under the Make in India program with a turnover target of $27 billion in 2020

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  • Large raw material base – two billion square feet of leather produced annually

  • Local varieties of goat, calf and sheep skins regarded as premium quality

  • Skilled manpower at competitive wage levels

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  • High-quality leather needs to be imported

  • Many players are unaware of international standards

  • High competition from Eastern European countries and other Asian countries

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  • The major part of the industry is unorganized

  • The industry employs 2.5 million people. Around 30 percent are women

  • Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal account for bulk of the output

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    India leather product exports

    Leather exports from India were valued at $2.65 billion during the period of April to August 2015, which was a drop from the previous period’s $2.87 billion. Top markets during the period were the U.S., which took up 14.35 percent of exports. Succeeding countries were the U.K., Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, Spain and France.

    Based on data from the India Brand Equity Foundation, half of the leather industry’s earnings come from international trade. Footwear takes majority of exports, with leather goods and finished exports in second and third place.

    During the International Technical Footwear Congress in Chennai, the Council for Leather Exports predicted a rise in exports by the end of the 12th Five-Year Plan, which projects $14 billion worth of exports from 2016 to 2017.

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    To further boost the export of leather and leather products from India, the leather sector has been included as one of the focus sectors of the government program, Make in India, which includes short-term and medium-term initiatives that aim to scale up the availability of finished leather and improve the skills of workers. A turnover target of $27 billion (as against the present turnover of $12.5 billion) has been set for the leather industry by 2020 under the program.

    Shows and business meetings were held in China, Taiwan and Germany. The next meetings were held in New York in December, followed by Sao Paulo in Brazil and Italy in January. With the current slowdown in the Euro Zone, Indian suppliers are now focusing on newer markets including Japan, South Africa and Australia.


    India’s success in the leather industry is mainly due to its large base of raw materials. Based on a 2014 livestock census from India’s Ministry of Agriculture, there are approximately 119 million cows and buffaloes and 135 million goats. Livestock population in the areas of Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Punjab, Bihar, Sikkim, Meghalaya and Chhattisgarh has increased.

    Locally, India produces approximately two billion square feet of leather. It is estimated that in order to achieve the export target of $14 billion by 2017, the industry will need twice the amount of leather.

    Competitive advantages

    One of the advantages of India’s leather industry is the availability of materials locally, since India has the largest livestock count in the world. The industry’s competitive pricing compared to other markets also provides notable advantages. At the recent International Technical Footwear Congress in Chennai, leather product agencies have expressed interest in taking advantage of the increasing product costs in China by increasing exports to Europe and the U.S.

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    Suppliers in the country are also focused on the use of quality materials, design development initiatives by institutions and individuals, continuous modernization and technology upgrades and human resource development programs to enhance productivity.


    There is an aging labor in the Indian leather footwear industry, with fewer young and skilled people joining the industry. This is, in fact, another reason for lower productivity of Indian firms. On the skills side, the Indian labor force is lagging behind competing countries because employees are not exposed to any formal training.

    Due to deficient raw materials, financial constraints, high-interest rates, labor problems and regular power failures, the manufacturing units remain underutilized, slowing down the growth of the industry. Many players are also unaware of international standards.

    Intense competition from China and other South East Asian and neighborhood countries, such as Pakistan and Bangladesh, have affected the Indian leather industry to a great extent.

    Chinese imports have also hit hundreds of small and medium-scale manufacturers in the recent past that the booming footwear industry in India is now facing one of its major crises in recent history. China has devalued its currency to support its exporters and as a result, every Chinese product is available at cheaper prices internationally and Indian products are unable to stand in front of the tough competition posed by China with its lower-priced product.

    Persisting Euro Zone crisis, the emergence of synthetic or textile winter garments as an alternatives to leather garments, the removal of anti-dumping duty on Chinese and Vietnamese leather footwear and the rising prices of chemicals or materials required by the leather and tanning industry also pose challenges to the sector.

    As a way to help suppliers cope with these challenges, the government has implemented the Indian Leather Development Program, which aims to help manufacturing units upgrade and improve productivity and design and development. The program also seeks to support artisans making traditional footwear, provide employment through training and encourage firms to upgrade machinery and comply with environmental requirements.

    Industry composition

    The leather industry provides jobs to approximately 2.5 million people, 30 percent of whom are women.

    A small company has 50 employees at most, earning less than a million dollars in exports to Europe, North America. A mid-sized company can have ten times more number of people, earning up to $10 million in export sales while sending products to Southern Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East. Bigger companies, which export to North America, Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa, have more than a thousand employees and earn somewhere between or more than $20 to $50 million in export sales.

    In terms of location, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal account for bulk of the output of leather. The major production centers for leather and leather products are located at Chennai, Ambur, Ranipet, Vaniyambadi, Trichi, Dindigul in Tamil Nadu, Calcutta in West Bengal, Kanpur, Agra and Noida in Uttar Pradesh, Jalandhar in Punjab, Bahadurgarh and Manesar in Haryana, Bangalore in Karnataka, Delhi and Hyderabad in Telangana.

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    This section offers recent export data on the India leather product sector, including export valueexport markets by product categorysales and prices.

    Information on the sector as a whole comes from local and international trade organizations. Supplier export data comes from surveys of suppliers featured on this site.

    India leather product exports

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    This section offers information on how trends in materialsdesign and manufacturing are impacting prices offered by India leather product suppliers.

    Buyers can also learn more about native materials in India and the common price ranges of certain design features.


    Materials & sourcesDesign & manufacturingPricing
  • Leather is sourced from the states of Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal

  • Raw materials for the sole, buckles, metal, etc are imported from within country including Kerala, Maharashtra, etc

  • High-end brands usually use the best quality leather from Italy

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  • Big units have up to 40 designers. Some hire freelance designers. Most SMEs depend on foreign buyers for designs and patterns

  • Around eight to 10 new models are released monthly

  • Large units have machinery at par with international standards

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  • The Eurozone crisis and intense competition from neighboring countries have adversely impacted the pricing in the leather industry

  • Genuine leather footwear is in the medium to high price range category

  • Leather prices have gone up by about 20 to 25 percent compared to last year or so

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    In India, there are only two types of leather available – buffalo leather and machine-refined leather. Raw buffalo leather items are produced traditionally, and the demand for them has been increasing abroad. Locally, there is very little demand for them.

    There is a good demand for machine-refined smooth leather items in the domestic market, but this type of leather has not been able to cater global clients because of competing countries and various internal problems.

    Earlier, there was less trust from domestic and International clients regarding the quality and durability of Indian leather items, but Indian suppliers have been slowly gaining preference among domestic consumers. Quality and durability have also been improving.

    Materials & sources

    In an effort to protect cows, the Maharashtra government has imposed a ban on cow slaughter that has greatly affected India’s leather product industry. The leather business in the state is said to have gone down by nearly 90 percent after the state extended the ban on cow slaughter to bullocks in March this year. Approximately 150,000 people have lost their jobs in this period. Many tanneries are shutting down. Others are moving to less environmentally sensitive and beef-eating countries in Africa. Currently, the leather industry survives largely on the hides of bullocks and buffaloes. The ban in Maharashtra has created an acute paucity of hides, which has hit the industry hard.

    The cost of buffalo hides has gone up by approximately 25 percent because of the beef ban imposed by the government. This shortage of local raw leather means suppliers will have to import leather, which is double the price of the local leather. In 2012, a foot of leather was sold for $0.67 in 2012, and now after the ban, traders expect that per foot of leather will be sold for $1.49 or more. Because of this, suppliers have had to inform buyers upon ordering that the shipment might get delayed in the absence of raw material.

    Design & manufacturing

    Manufacturing is a core function of the Indian leather industry, which stands strong at $11 billion and has a significant share in the overall exports of the country. The latest trends and technological innovations are researched extensively in the process of creating new products and designs.

    Suppliers are currently developing products that are made with moisture-free materials and are lightweight, comfortable, durable and flexible without compromising design.

    Ethnic designs on fashion accessories and bags are another area of development suppliers are focusing on – particularly footwear featuring bright colors and graphics.

    In terms of production, several processes are done manually, such as pattern-cutting, sewing for handmade leather shoes, embroidery and finishing touches. Custom handmade products are entirely made by hand by artisans.

    High-tech machinery is used by larger companies that can procure them from specialized vendors across the world. Leather footwear manufacturers use machines, such as Italian lasting machines and German closing machines, to manufacture footwear at par with international standards and quality.

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    A team has up to 40 designers, with some even hiring freelance designers to add vital influences from local markets in Italy, France, Portugal, Holland and the U.S. Small and medium-sized manufacturers also provide many options when it comes to designing and customizing. Some imitate designs from outside with their inability to hire designers, which can be expensive.

    Most Indian companies work on a subcontract basis and do not provide their own designs. The overall design, component selection and methods of production are dictated by the buyers, which can be a problem for women’s footwear.

    Women’s footwear comprises 63 percent of total footwear market in the world, India’s percentage of which is only 34 percent out of India’s total footwear exports. Though companies are able to make prototypes based on ideas provided by the buyer, employing in-house skilled designers will change the game for the leather products portfolio of the country.

    Casual leather shoes are currently in trend – sneakers and boots in particular. Trendy decorative elements feature printed and rushed leather, stones, buckles and lace. In terms of color, classic hues are in season, particularly black, brown, blue, chestnut, tan, red, grey and yellow.

    Eight to 15 models are released monthly.

    Quality control & customization

    A quality control team in a company varies according to the size of the manufacturing company. While medium-sized units have a two- to three-member quality control teams, larger firms have around 10 members or more doing quality checks.

    Every step of the manufacturing process is checked. Shaping and designing undergo the same stringent checks as the final products. Some of the quality tests that products are generally subjected to include random testing, batch testing and tactical wear testing.

    Manufacturing guidelines from the Bureau of Indian Standards and SATRA are followed by major companies. SATRA is an independent research and testing organization established in 1919. It has technical facilities in the U.K. and China serving customers throughout the world and is considered a leading technical authority for footwear and leather.

    Suppliers generally offer ODM, particularly in footwear products, where they print logos and images on based on the requirements of the buyer. Items are usually delivered in corrugated, offset printed boxes.


    India has to depend on its giant neighboring countries to acquire some of its raw materials, which has had a negative influence on product pricing. Because of the fragile political & economic situation of the country, the government has not been able to provide a safe working environment to its citizens. Due to this, there has been a huge brain drain in the country, and most of the time, there is a frequent shortage of manpower and basic items including electricity, water and fuel.

    Tanning is a basic operation of the leather sector, but due to the outdated technology used in small tanneries, the cost of production per unit area of finished leather is higher. Poor capacity utilization in most tanneries has also led to higher financial cost and overheads.

    Financial constraints, high-interest rates and lack of facilities are the other key factors that make the sector noncompetitive. Intense competition from neighboring countries and depreciating rupee are also factors that affect the industry.

    Depending on the scale of production and pricing, suppliers tend to target the varied market segments. The mid-range segment still is the most targeted segment, since the high-end market segment is significantly smaller in India.

    Price guide

    Price guide: Bags
    $5 to $15
    Wallets, purses, handbags; synthetic, rexine, suede leather
    $9 to $50
    Shoulder bags, backpacks; cow/goat/sheep leather
    $20 to $100
    Handbags, formal classic purses; cow/goat/sheep leather
    Nepal sourcing garments product features Typical Components of casual wear
    Price guide: Fashion accessories
    $1.50 to $3
    Key rings, card holders; synthetic, regular leather, rexine leather
    $4 to $15
    Card holders, belts, waist straps, wrist bands; cow/sheep/buffalo leather
    $10 to $50
    Genuine cow/sheep/goat leather belts
    India sourcing leather products product features Typical Components of formal wear
    Price guide: Footwear
    $5 to $18
    Baby’s & children’s shoes; synthetic, rexine, suede, PU coated leather
    $10 to $50
    Casual shoes, athletic shoes; cow/goat/sheep leather
    $25 to $90
    Formal shoes, boots; cow/goat/sheep leather
    India sourcing leather product features Typical Component of Baby & Children's Wear

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    To give buyers first-hand information from active leather product exporters in India, we’ve surveyed the manufacturers featured on this site. 

    The companies surveyed reflect the composition of the India leather product industry in terms of company size, geographic location, product range offered and materials used.

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  • Majority of respondents predict export prices to stay the same in the upcoming months

  • Current favorable exchange rate is the reason why export prices are expected to stay the same

  • Exporters who expect a price increase only predict a five-percent rise

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  • The Council for Leather Exports has been holding buyer-seller meets to aid exporters

  • Export sales are expected to remain the same in the upcoming months

  • Suppliers are focusing on Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern markets

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  • Interesting prints and classic colors

  • Sleek designs are preferred

  • Leather braiding is expected to be the new trend for bag embellishments

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  • The ban of cow slaughter has impacted the industry

  • More skilled workers are needed

  • Power shortages have also affected production

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    Based on a survey of leather product suppliers in India, suppliers – 88 percent of them – are currently expecting export prices to stay the same in the next six months. This is due to the favorable exchange rate, relatively steady leather price and orders that have kept the prices stable. Only four respondents are expecting export prices to increase.

    In terms of price increase, only two of the respondents foresee an increase of up to five percent in the next six months.

    Export markets & sales

    Some suppliers expect a small increase in export sales, as some of them have received promising enquiries from new markets. Most expect sales to stay the same.

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    Many have listed Middle East as their prospective market, since the Council for Leather Exports has been holding buyer-seller meets in Dubai and other Middle Eastern regions. A slack in demand from traditional markets including the European Union has also prompted suppliers to look for other markets with significant Indian business presence.

    Bulky designs find fewer buyers these days. Even in handbags, puffy, pleated ones are giving way to long, sleek ones. In footwear, there is an increase in demand for lightweight and sturdy men’s shoes.

    India leather product supplier survey export forecast

    Metal embellishments are slowly going out of style in handbags. Leather braiding is the preferred surface texture and is seen by suppliers as the next decorative trend in the industry.

    Bright colors will be strictly limited to woman’s bags and party footwear. Black, brown and tan will continue to be the dominant colors in leather products.


    Scarcity of skilled labor continues to be the main problem faced by leather goods manufacturers across the country, as said by 56 percent of suppliers. Power shortage and environmental concerns arise once a while in certain quarters. The recent political upheaval over cow slaughter in North India has also raised concerns over the sufficient supply of leather.

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    The following trade associations have endorsed our work to help connect quality suppliers with buyers worldwide. Here, you will find contact information and details about each organization.

    These associations are eager to assist buyers who are interested in working with their member companies. We thank them for their support.

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    Dear Buyers,

    On behalf of the Federation of Indian Export Organizations and our members, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for considering our suppliers for your sourcing needs

    FIEO is a key player in the promotion of trade, investment and collaboration between our members and international clients. Our members represent the various enterprises that contribute to about 70 percent of India’s exports, including footwear.

    The local footwear industry has established itself through high-quality and competitively priced products that cater to the diverse needs of customers. These factors, plus a skilled workforce, ensure buyers that all their orders can be fulfilled. Our members are committed to meeting international standards by offering updated products with excellent designs and timely delivery.

    Every day is an opportunity for our members to serve their buyers, which our Foundation complements by conducting trainings and dissemination of market information. It is our advocacy to create a business-enabling environment for members and international buyers.

    FIEO would like to thank the Hinrich Foundation and Global Sources for assisting qualified suppliers to reach buyers worldwide, and for their promotion of sustainable development in emerging markets.

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