Indian Leather Industry Exports Reaches US$ 4.42 in FY22

In FY 2021–22, India's leather exports soared to new heights, with footwear leading the charge.

In the fiscal year 2021–22, India witnessed a remarkable surge in its footwear and leather exports, showcasing the prowess of its leather industry on the global stage. While 189.70 million pairs of footwear were exported, totaling a staggering $2.15 billion, the Indian Leather Industry’s exports reached an impressive US$ 4.42 billion mark during the same period.

The breakdown of these exports sheds light on the significant contributions made by various product categories within the leather industry. Let’s delve into the specifics:

Footwear:

  1. Leather Footwear: India exported 83.39 million pairs of leather footwear, amounting to $1.37 billion. This category commanded a significant share of 31.16% in export value, with an average price per pair standing at $16.51.
  2. Non-Leather Footwear: With 71.01 million pairs exported, non-leather footwear contributed $505 million to the export revenue. Despite a lower share in value at 11.42%, this category plays a vital role in diversifying India’s footwear exports.
  3. Footwear Components: Exporting 35.30 million pairs of footwear components, India earned $265 million. Although constituting a smaller percentage share, these components are crucial for the overall footwear industry.

Collectively, footwear exports accounted for nearly half (48.57%) of the total export value, highlighting its significance in India’s leather trade.

Other Leather Products:

  1. Leather Goods: India exported 146.87 million pieces of leather goods, valued at $1.05 billion. This category, with its diverse range of products, contributed substantially to the export revenue.
  2. Finished Leather: Despite exporting 430 million square feet, the export value stood at $437 million, indicating a lower average price per square foot.
  3. Leather Garments: Exporting 6.38 million pieces, India garnered $334 million from leather garment exports. This category, known for its craftsmanship, holds promise for further growth.
  4. Harness & Saddlery: Exporting 31.14 million pieces, harness and saddlery contributed $248 million to the export revenue. This niche segment caters to specific markets and showcases India’s expertise in leather craftsmanship.
  5. Leather Gloves: Although exporting 171.37 million pairs, the export value of leather gloves was $201 million, suggesting a lower average price per pair.

Despite the dominance of leather and non-leather footwear in export value, other categories like leather garments and harness & saddlery play significant roles in diversifying India’s leather exports.

As we look ahead to fiscal year 2024, global economic uncertainties pose challenges for Indian exports. However, with strategic measures and market diversification, India’s leather industry can navigate through these challenges and maintain its growth trajectory.

Now, let’s address some pertinent questions:

  1. Outlook for Indian Exports in FY24: The outlook for Indian exports in FY24 remains uncertain due to global economic dynamics. However, with adaptive strategies and resilience, the Indian leather industry can strive for continued growth amidst challenges.
  2. Opportunities for Leather Gloves: Despite constituting a smaller part of the export portfolio, leather gloves present untapped potential, especially in niche markets and specialized applications. Exploring innovative designs and targeting emerging segments could unlock new opportunities for growth.
  3. Surprising Category in Export Value: The category of leather garments surprises with its substantial export value relative to quantity. This suggests a high per-unit value and indicates strong demand for Indian leather apparel in international markets.
  4. Future Growth Categories: Product categories like non-leather footwear and leather garments hold promise for significant growth in the future. With evolving consumer preferences and sustainable practices gaining traction, these segments can capitalize on emerging trends and drive export growth.

In conclusion, India’s leather industry exhibits resilience and dynamism in the face of global challenges, with diverse product offerings and strategic market positioning paving the way for sustained growth and competitiveness on the world stage.

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Arshad Khan,
Leather Technologist

Engineer specialized in Leather Technology with a strong DESIRE to revolutionize the Global Leather Industry, gaining valuable experience across India, Italy, Spain, & Portugal. He is also the Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer at findmyleather.com, a startup addressing supply chain challenges in the global leather industry using technology

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