Inviting Participation in APLF LEATHER earlier it was known MM&T Fair, March 13-15, 2019 Hong Kong under MAI funding.

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No: CLE/EXH/MMT/Hong Kong/Mar/2019                                                                    October 22, 2018


All Members

Council for Leather Exports


Dear Member,


Sub: Inviting Participation in APLF LEATHER earlier it was known MM&T Fair, March 13-15, 2019 Hong Kong under MAI funding.


About APLF LEATHER – Earlier known as MMT (Materials, Manufacturing & Technology) Fair: The Asia Pacific Leather Fair (APLF) Hong Kong is the most popular leather fair in Asia and Indian Exporters have been participating in this fair for many years since its inception in 1983. Hong Kong has been a key trading hub considering its strategic location, continuous coastline due to being an island nation, and unique location of being the entry point to Mainland China.


Display Profile : Hides & Skins (Wet Blues); Semi – Finished & Finished Leather; Exotic Leather; Synthetic Materials; Natural Fabrics & Weaves; Components & Accessories; Shoe Components; Process Chemicals & Dyes, Tanning & Shoe Machinery, Equipment & Tools, Technology, Testing Laboratories, Trade Press & Other Services

Venue: Hall 1D, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

Post Show Report of Previous March 14-16, 2018 edition:

The 34th edition of APLF was held during March 14-16, 2018 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKEC), which is located at the centre point of Hong Kong Island. There were 839 exhibitors from 42 countries and regions exhibiting at APLF Leather & Materials. There were 25 group Pavilion from 21 countries and regions including Bangaldesh, Brazil (2), china, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ialy (3), Japan, Korea, Mexico, Pakistan, Spain, Sudan, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK and USA (2). Italy had 3 Group Pavilions in different display sectors and Brazil & USA had 2 each. Italy had the largest participation with 159 companies and China was in second place with 148 companies. The fair also witnessed 94 first – time exhibitors from 22 countries and regions including Argentina, Brazil, China. Columbia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Germany Hong Kong, Hungary, India. Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Russian Federation, South Africa, Sudan, Thailand and Turkey. The 2018 edition saw the return of Egypt as a pavilion, first time presence of 5 Sudanese Companies and the return of Chemical companies that had stepped away from the event. The visitor/s buyers footfall on the fair begin with an encouraging note, for the most of the CLE’s stand too it was good and the member expressed satisfaction with the visitor turnout.

Visitor’s profile included traders of Hides & Skins, Importers/Distributors, Wholesalers of Leather, Materials & components, Buying office / Sourcing Agents of Leather, Materials & Components, manufacturers with Own Factory of Leather, Materials & Components, Manufacturer with own factory of fashion Accessories, Manufacturers of Car interiors/ Leather furniture, CAD CAM system / Business Solution/ Testing and consulting.

About the Hong Kong Market & Import Potential:

Hong Kong is the 6th largest importer of leather & leather products in the world.  Hong Kong is also a trading centre for leather & leather products.  During 2016, Hong Kong imports of leather and leather products were to the tune of US$ 8453.48 Million.  Hong Kong accounted for a share of around 5% in the global leather import trade of US$ 180.87 billion in 2016.

India – Hong Kong Leather Trade: India’s export of leather & leather products to Hong Kong is to the tune of US$ 266.16 million in 2016-17. Presently, India accounts for a share of only around 4% in Hong Kong’s total leather import trade of US$ 8.45 billion

Council’s participation in the APLF – LEATHER, Hong Kong, March 13 to 15, 2019 under MAI.

The Council has proposed to organize an India Pavilion for Finished Leather, Components & Accessories in the APLF Leather Fair – March 2019 under MAI funding for the second time. The Council is offering Built-up Booths of Minimum Size 9 sq m at subsidized cost, which can be increased further in multiples of 3 Sq Meters, subject to availability

 The MAI subsidy is available only for 50 member companies, and will be given to member-companies who confirm their participation with Full Payment, on First Come First Serve basis as per receipt of payment at CLE. Even though the Old / Previous participants are entitled to their location in their previous edition the subsidized Participation Fee will be given subject to receipt of full payment and on first come first serve basis. However, CLE will enlist as many members as possible subject to availability of space; but the MAIS Subsidy as per the Approval of the Dept of Commerce is restricted to 50 Participants. The funding support under the MAI scheme is mainly to encourage the small and new companies’ participation in the fair.

 Subsidized Participation Fee : The tentative Subsidized Participation Fee fixed for March 2019 edition for built-up booths of Different Sizes & Zones, is as follows:


Zone wise 9 12 sq.Mt 15 18 Sq.Mt 21 24 27
Zone A           326,200          472,120            618,040                    763,960          909,880 1,055,800            1,201,720
Zone B            316,000          458,500            601,000                    743,500          886,000 1,028,500            1,171,000
Zone C            293,500          430,300            567,100                    703,900          840,700      977,500            1,114,300


Un-Subsidized Participation Fee : The tentative Un-Subsidized Participation Fee fixed for March 2019 edition for built-up booths of different sizes & zones, is as follows:


Zone wise 9 12 sq.Mt 15 18 Sq.Mt 21 24 27
Zone A            453,000          604,000            755,000                    906,000        1,057,000 1,208,000            1,359,000
Zone B            442,700          590,267            737,833                    885,400        1,032,967 1,180,533            1,328,100
Zone C            425,600          567,467            709,333                    851,200          993,067 1,134,933            1,276,800


The Participation Fee has increased slightly compared to last year as the Fair Organizer has increased Cost of Space & also due to the depreciation of the Indian Rupee against the US Dollar. The fully built-up booth includes Stand Furniture & Display Accessories i.e. Table, Chairs, Carpet, “S” Hooks and Hanging Rods, Fascia and Lighting. The Booth Diagram with inclusion of Display Accessories will be sent to the confirmed exhibitors .

Members may also note that participants will have to arrange the air ticket/ Visa to Hong Kong on their own. 

 Submission of Application – Interested member-exporters are requested to send in their Application Form (Pro forma enclosed) along-with cheque /DD towards the adhoc participation charges mentioned above, as per their space requirement. The cheque/DD should be in favour of Council for Leather Exports. This may be sent to the Council’s Head Office in Chennai or Regional Offices in Delhi, Kanpur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Agra and Jalandhar before 15th November 2018 enabling the Council to confirm the space requirement for the CLE India Pavilion in the APLF LEATHER FAIR MARCH 2019.


With best wishes,

Yours sincerely,

 R.Selvam, IAS

Executive Director

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