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Shri Rajendra Kumar Jalan

Chairman Column

It gives me immense pleasure to communicate with you all through the Council’s e – magazine LEATHER NEWS INDIA. I have taken charge as Chairman, CLE on January 16, 2024.

As you all know, we have been facing challenges on the export front now due to the global economic slowdown, but the industry definitely has a brighter feature. Our industry is looked upon as a major supplier of high quality goods. We have been able to make significant forays in to markets like USA, UAE, Australia, Canada,, Saudi Arabia etc., in the recent years. More overseas investors are now coming to India to establish their production units. Efforts to set-up new Mega Production Clusters are on. The focus is now on strengthening the supply chain as well.  All these factors will definitely lead to significant increase in our production levels and exports in the coming years.

As far as our traditional market of EU and UK is concerned, we hope that the FTAs will be finalized soon with duty exemption for leather, leather products and footwear, so that we can further consolidate and expand our market share.

CLE has been consistently taking-up issues concerning industry with the Government for overall growth and development. We have been following-up on the major requests of the industry including re-instatement of import duty exemption on wet blue, crust and finished leathers ; allowing export of all value added leathers including crust leathers without any export duty, inspection, testing or certification ; implementing PLI scheme for the leather & footwear sector etc., We have also submitted a Vision Document outlining the measures to be taken to turnover of USD 47.1 billion by 2030 (which includes domestic industry turnover of USD 33.4 billion and export turnover of USD 13.7 billion), from the present turnover of USD 17.26 billion.

As we overcome the market slowdown, the coming months are going to be crucial for us, as they will determine our overall growth path. Let us all work together to achieve our targets.

With best wishes

Rajendra Kumar Jalan