Indian Leather Industry: Top States and Leather Products Driving Export Growth in FY22

India's leather industry thrives with Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal leading exports.

In the fiscal year 2021-22, India’s leather industry experienced significant growth, with exports soaring to a remarkable US$ 4.42 billion. This industry encompasses various sectors, including finished leather, leather products, and footwear, making it a vital contributor to the nation’s economy. Let’s delve into the top-performing Indian states and the key products driving this substantial export value.

Top Contributing States:

1. Tamil Nadu:

Topping the charts is Tamil Nadu, with an impressive export value of US$ 1.72 billion, constituting 39.01% of the total export share. Renowned for its leather footwear, Tamil Nadu continues to lead the pack in driving India’s leather exports.

2. Uttar Pradesh:

Following closely is Uttar Pradesh, contributing US$ 1.33 billion, capturing a substantial 30.21% share of the export market. Like Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh’s primary export product is leather footwear, solidifying its position as a key player in the industry.

3. West Bengal:

West Bengal secures the third spot with exports worth US$ 613 million, holding a significant 13.86% share. The state specializes in leather goods, adding diversity to India’s export portfolio.

Other Notable Contributors:

  • Delhi: US$ 343 million
  • Haryana: US$ 180 million
  • Maharashtra: US$ 79 million
  • Rajasthan: US$ 44 million
  • Punjab: US$ 42 million
  • Karnataka: US$ 29 million
  • Gujarat: US$ 19 million

Key Export Products:

1. Footwear (Leather & Non-Leather):

Footwear remains the dominant product category, contributing substantially to India’s export earnings. Both leather and non-leather footwear continue to be in high demand globally.

2. Leather Goods:

The export of leather goods, including bags, wallets, and accessories, plays a crucial role in India’s export landscape, showcasing the country’s craftsmanship and quality.

3. Finished Leather:

With its versatility and superior quality, finished leather remains a sought-after commodity in international markets, further boosting India’s export revenues.

Conclusion:

India’s leather industry has witnessed remarkable growth, with top-performing states like Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal driving this expansion. The sector’s focus on high-value products such as footwear, leather goods, and finished leather has propelled India to the forefront of the global leather market. As these states continue to excel in their export endeavors, India’s position as a leading player in the leather industry is poised to strengthen further in the coming years.

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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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