Guide to start leather export business from India

Leather is one of the top export product categories from India. With growing e-commerce exports, Indian sellers can take their leather export products to international markets with ease. In this blog, learn how to start leather export from India in a seamless manner via e-commerce.
leather export from India
India is one of the top exporters of fine leather, which opens up indefinite opportunities for Indian sellers. Identifying the increasing leather exports, Rajasthan’s Hussain Gurana started 'A Jaald Store' – a leather export business from India and made his dreams come true. With chic and compact leather products including hand bags, luggage, satchels and journals, this Indian brand is one of the torchbearers of self-sustenance and strong entrepreneurial spirit. A Jaald Store chose e-commerce for leather export from India to tje USA, Europe and the UAE, and saw a Year-on-Year growth of 62%. “The growth for A Jaald Store has been phenomenal, and we continue to evolve as a leather brand. We are excited to explore several new markets in many more countries with Amazon Global Selling in the future,” Hussain shares.

With leather being one of the highest growing export industries in India, thousands of sellers from the country are exporting leather products across the world. From Tamil Nadu and Telangana to West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir, leather products are manufactured and exported in huge quantities from across the country1. If you want to start leather export from India, you need to understand the compliance, an Importer Exporter Code (IEC) and the top importing countries from India.

What are the most exported leather products from India?

Did you know that Indian leather contributes up to 13% of the total production of the world leather? In fact, about 10% of the world’s footwear production also comes from India1. This sector in India is known for its consistency in high export earnings and in earning a huge number of profits. From bags to wallets and footwear, a leather products export from India has a varied range2
leather export products from India

Council of Leather Exports: How to register?

As an apex body under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, the Council of Leather Exports (CLE) is dedicated to the overall development of Indian leather industry and assists exporters in trade in the international market3. Registering with CLE enables Inx`dian leather exporters to benefit from trade fairs, best practices for export, and more. To register with CLE, you require the following documents:
● Export license
● Importer Exporter Code (IEC)
Registration cum Membership Certificate (RCMC)
● Order and invoice process

How to start leather export from India with Amazon?

As one of the leading exporters of the industry, sellers from India have indefinite opportunities to export leather and grow their business. In the recent years, many sellers are increasingly opting for e-commerce exports – an easy and seamless way to sell internationally online. Amazon Global Selling is an e-commerce exports program that assists leather exporters to sell on 18+ international marketplaces like the US, the UK, Italy, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Japan, France and more. From simple registration to attractive listing and hassle-free shipping, Amazon Global Selling offers international tools and solutions, enabling sellers to reach millions of customers.

Register your business

First, you must register your leather export business with Amazon Global Selling. You don’t have to be an existing Amazon India seller. The registration can be done online on Seller Central. You’ll need the following documents to register:
• ID proof (Aadhar, driving license or passport)
• Business address proof (Bank statement)
• Credit or debit card (international transactions enabled)
Amazon seller registration

List your products

Once you have successfully registered to sell globally on Amazon, you can list your leather products. Remember to follow tips on how to list your products include attractive pictures and descriptions that’s clear to international customers. You can also seek help from third party service providers.
How to list your products on Amazon

Ship and receive payments

Once a customer places an order, you can choose to deliver by yourself or you can opt for Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA). Under FBA, Amazon takes care of shipping, delivery, returns and customer concerns. Once a customer purchases your product, Amazon credits the money in your bank account in the currency of your choice.
Amazon FBA

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I export leather products from India?
You can start leather export from India via e-commerce exports program – Amazon Global Selling. With a few documents, you can register and start selling on international marketplaces like USA, UK, Italy, UAE and more.
How much leather is exported from India?
In 2021, the major markets of Indian leather were the US (17.22%), Italy (6.33%), Germany (11.98%), and France (5.94%)1.
Is leather exported from India?
Yes, India is one of the largest leather exporters. India supplies around 12.93% of the world’s leather production1.
What kind of leather does India export?
India is known for exporting finished leather goods, such as leather footwear, leather garments, and accessories.
Published on October 18, 2021.


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