The leather industrial sector comprises of tanneries (where raw hides
and skins are converted into leather) and factories converting leather
into a variety of consumer products such as footwear, garments and
outerwear, and assorted leather goods such as wallets, passport cases,
key chains, handbags and briefcases.
Leather Industry occupies a place of prominence in the Indian economy in
view of its massive potential for employment, growth and exports.
The main production centres for leather and leather products are the
following: - Tamil Nadu – Chennai, Ambur, Ranipet, Vaniyambadi, Trichy,
Dindigul and Puducherry - West Bengal – Kolkata - Uttar Pradesh – Kanpur,
Unnao, Banther, Agra and Noida - Punjab – Jallandhar .Tamil Nadu
accounts for about 40% of India’s exports and has about 60% of tanning
The Indian footwear component industry which is the pride of India in
terms of its contribution to total leather exports is facing stiff
competition from China in a number of shoe components - cellulose insole
fabrics, coated, impregnated fabrics and interlinings, where the price
of the imported materials is between 40% and 50% lower than the
indigenously produced materials.
Global players have shown considerable interest in Indian leather sector
and leading leather brands from the US and Europe are sourcing leather
and leather products from India.
In terms of policy framework, since the trade policy of India has to
align with the WTO framework, the import duty on machinery and
equipment, components, consumables and even consumer products like
shoes, bags, etc. has been considerably reduced, including provision for
duty free import of capital goods against certain export obligations.
One important policy initiative taken by the government includes
liberalization of the leather sector. Government has de-reserved the
manufacture of various types of leather viz. semifinished leather,
harness leather, leather shoes etc., which are produced by small-scale
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