In April 2012, these exports stood at $328 million, according to the data provided by the Council for Leather Exports (CLE).
“In April, the exporters have got good number of orders owing to growing demand for leather items in the US market. Also, the European market is picking up now," a CLE spokesperson said. "We expect leather exports to grow up to 20% in the current fiscal," he added.
The major markets for leather and its products are the US, the UK, Germany, Italy, France and Spain.
Among the items, which witnessed growth in April 2013, leather garments saw a jump of 23%, followed by leather goods 21%, saddlery and harness 17.4%, leather footwear 13% and footwear components 9.3%.
There was a good demand for leather products from other markets such as China, Japan, Africa and Latin America.
During 2012-13, leather exports grew over 4% year-on-year to $5 billion in 2012-13.