Leather from Brazil: sales to India grew over 50% in 2019, reinforcing the importance of the IILF fair


Leather exports from Brazil to India saw a boom in 2019: they grew 53.1% in volume compared to 2018 and 21.4% in value. Amid this environment of positive results and prospects for 2020, the India International Leather Fair (IILF) will take place in Chennai from February 1st–3rd with the participation of two Brazilian tanneries (JBS Couros and Partner), through the support of Brazilian Leather. Brazilian leather is an export incentive project carried out by the Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industry (CICB) in partnership with the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil).

Rogério Cunha from CICB Trade Intelligence explains that India is strategic for Brazil's leathers, particularly for its connection with footwear and artifact production. The results obtained in 2019, he points out, are linked to Brazil's consecutive presence at editions of the IILF fair and also commercial and prospecting missions that have been carried out in recent years.

Recent data on India and the leather sector:

- Value of Indian leather shoe exports: US$1.197 billion

- Share of leather shoes in total Indian shoe exports: 48%

- 10th largest shoe exporter in the world

- Volume of leather exported by Brazil to India in 2019: 6.2 million square meters (a 53.1% increase)

- Leather exports from Brazil to India in 2019: US$20.6 million (a 21.4% increase)

- India's ranking in Brazilian leather exports: 9th place

- IILF Fair: 35th edition; leather, chemicals, components, and machines for the footwear and artifacts sectors from over 500 exhibitors and an estimated audience of 13,000 visitors

About Brazilian Leather — As a leather sector internationalization project, Brazilian Leather is conducted by the Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industry (CICB) in partnership with Apex-Brasil (the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency). There are numerous strategies for consolidating national leathers and hides in foreign markets — encouraging the participation of tanneries in the principle global trade fairs and business missions focused on closer relations between Brazilian suppliers and buyers from other countries are but two of them. More information at  www.brazilianleather.com.br