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As per the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), The leather, leather goods and pickers sector in India has attracted FDI equity inflows equivalent to $ 215.21 Mn for the period April 2000 to March 2021

The Leather industry in India accounts for around 13% of the world’s leather production of hides/skins and handles a robust annual production of about 3 bn sq. ft. of leather. The country accounts for 9% of the world’s footwear production. The industry is known for its consistency in high export earnings and it is among the top ten foreign exchange earners for the country.

India has an abundance of raw materials with access to 20% of world’s cattle and buffalo and 11% of the world’s goat and sheep population.

The Leather industry is an employment intensive industry providing job to more than 4 mn people, mostly from the weaker sections of the society. Women employment is predominant in Leather products industry with about 30% share. The Leather industry in India has one of the youngest workforces with 55% of the workforce below 35 years of age.

The major markets for Indian Leather & Leather Products are USA with a share of 17.22%, Germany 11.98%, U.K 10.43%, Italy 6.33%, France 5.94%, Spain 5.01%, Netherlands 3.52%, U.A.E 3.35%, China 2.61%, Hong Kong 2.15%, Belgium 2.21% and Poland 2.11%.

The Leather industry has the tendency to generate 250 jobs for every $0.2 mn investment.

India as Footwear hub

  • For every 1,000 pairs produced and sold in India per day, the sector can create 425 jobs spanning manufacturing, allied industries, and retail. 
  • In terms of volume, India produced 1.8 billion units and is expected to product almost 3 billion units by 2024 growing at more than 10% annually 
  • The footwear sector has the potential to grow up to US$ 80 billion, or eight times its present size, by 2030
  • Indian Footwear Market was valued at $ 9.70 Billion in the year 2019 
  • The per capita consumption of footwear is expected to be 2.94 pairs in 2024-25
  • Non leather footwear market in India contributed approximately 59 per cent of the total footwear market in 2019 with a market size of $ 4.3 Bn which is expected to increase to $ 6 Bn in 2024.

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    Leather garments exports

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    Finished leather exports

Second largest producer of footwear and leather garments in the world

Second largest exporter of leather garments in the world

Fifth largest exporter of leather goods & accessories in the world

Industry Scenario

Exports of leather, footwear and leather products touched $3.67 bn during 2020-21 (April to Feb)

The different segments of leather, footwear and leather goods exports and their respective share of exports are:

  • Footwear - 45.82%
  • Leather Goods & Accessories - 24.84%
  • Finished Leather - 6.55%
  • Leather Garments - 14.61%, and
  • Saddlery & Harness - 4.5%

The major production centres for footwear, leather and leather products in India are located in the States of Tamil Nadu – Chennai, Ambur, Ranipet, Vaniyambadi, Vellore, Pernambut, Trichy, Dindigul and Erode; West Bengal – Kolkata; Uttar Pradesh – Kanpur, Agra, Noida, Saharanpur; Maharashtra – Mumbai; Punjab – Jalandhar; Karnataka – Bengaluru; Telengana Hyderabad; Haryana – Ambala, Gurgaon, Panchkula, Karnal and Faridabad; Delhi; Madhya Pradesh – Dewas; Kerala – Kozhikode and Ernakulam / Cochin; Rajasthan; Jaipur; Jammu & Kashmir; Srinagar.


  • Large millennial population

    Youth contributes 1/3 to the total Indian population with higher focus on branded consumption is driving the consumption of premium footwear.

  • Rising demand for athleisure footwear

    Changing consumer lifestyle has led to increased focus on athleisure and non-leather footwear. The global athleisure footwear market is valued at $ 114.8 Bn by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 2.1 per cent during the forecast period 2016 – 2022.

  • Organized Retail Market in India

    The overall retail market, that grew to $ 0.7 Trillion (Tn) in 2019, is expected to cross the $ 1.1 Tn mark by 2025.

  • Growing domestic market

    40 per cent of the Indian population is expected to be in urban areas by 2030, up from 21 per cent in 2011.

  • Availability of manpower

    Young trained workforce with 62 per cent of population in the working age group of 15 to 59 years


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What is the Leather sector overview of India?

India is the second largest producer of footwear and leather garments in the world and accounts for 13% of the world's leather production of hides/skin. An overview of the sector can be accessed from the Achievement report on the link.

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What are the major initiatives undertaken by the government in recent times in the leather sector?

Indian Leather Development Programme:

1. One of the major activities under Indian Leather Development Programme is to provide placement linked skill development training to unemployed youth.

2. Provide employment through well planned training in leather and footwear industry.

3. For augmentation of institutional infrastructure, assistance has been provided for establishment of two new branches of Footwear design and development Institute (FDDI) at Banur (Punjab) and Ankleshwar ( Gujarat).

4. Approval has been given for setting-up Mega leather Cluster (MLC) at Nellore, Andhra Pradesh.

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What is the eligibilty criteria of ILDP Scheme?

All existing units in leather and leather products, including tanneries, leather goods, saddlery, leather footwear and footwear components sector having cash profits for 2 years, undertaking viable and bankable programmes on technology up-gradation on or after 29th August 2008 are eligible for assistance.

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What is Central Sector Scheme Indian Leather Development Programme (ILDP)?

The scheme is aimed at enabling existing tanneries, footwear, footwear components, and leather products units to upgrade leading to productivity gains, right-sizing of capacity, cost cutting, design and development simultaneously encouraging entrepreneurs to diversify and set up new units in the areas.

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Where are major production centers for leather and leather products in India?

The major production centers for leather and leather products in India are located in the states of :
1) Tamil Nadu – Chennai, Ambur, Ranipet, Vaniyambadi, Vellore, Pernambut, Trichy, Dindigul and Erode. 
2) West Bengal – Kolkata.
3) Uttar Pradesh – Kanpur, Agra, Noida, Saharanpur; Maharashtra – Mumbai.  
4) Punjab – Jallandhar. 
5) Karnataka – Bangalore. 
6) Andhra Pradesh – Hyderabad. 
7) Haryana  – Ambala, Gurgaon, Panchkula, Karnal and Faridabad. 
8) Delhi. 
9) Madhya Pradesh – Dewas. 
10) Kerala – Calicut and Ernakulam / Cochin. 
11) Rajasthan - Jaipur. 
12) Jammu & Kashmir - Srinagar.

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