• Overview

    Leather sector, in a broadest sense include leather, leather goods, and footwear manufacturers, is one of the most promising export-oriented sectors in Bangladesh. Leather sector significantly contributes in foreign exchange earnings through exports of a large volume of leather, leather goods, and footwear. About 95 percent of the leather sector output in the form of crushed leather, finished leather, leather goods and footwear are exported to many countries of Asia and Europe. Moreover,

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  • The Leather Tanning Industry: In Focus

    Among the three sub-sectors of the leather sector, the tanning industry is the most important and fundamental of all. There are more than 200 tanneries while the majorities are concentrated in the Hazaribagh area of Dhaka. More than 400 million square feet of raw hides and skins are processed and exported by tanneries each year in recent times.
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  • About the Coalition

    Bangladesh Finished Leather, Leather Goods and Footwear Exporters’ Association (BFLLFEA) and Bangladesh Tanners Association (BTA) are the tow apex bodies of leather sector entrepreneurs. With the direct support of these two associations, The Asia Foundation in partnership with South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM), formed a unique, and
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  • Contribution of the Coalition

    Confidence-building: Confidence-building was a key outcome of the coalition’s joint discussions with leather sector representatives and the government, as each party came to recognize the sincerity and dedication of the other, and were able to create a working relationship. The coalition was also involved in providing technical and research-based assistance to the leather associations, so that they could voice
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  • Achievements and Progresses:

    Remarkable progress has been achieved and several milestones have been attained ever since the coalition is working to facilitate the relocation process of tanneries in order to promote the leather sector development.
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  • New Tannery Industrial Estate: At a glance

    To provide infrastructural facilities to the Tannery entrepreneurs by establishing an environmentally suitable Tannery Estate for development and modernization of Tannery industries with a view to attract foreign investment, increasing the production, export, employment and enhancing contribution to GDP.

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Leather Sector: Overview

Tanneries

220

MSMEs

3500

Large Firms

110

Employment (Direct and Indirect)

850000

Export performance

Year

Actual (in Million USD)

% growth

2012-13

980.67

28

2011-12

765

17.5

2010-11

651.05

29.46

2009-10

459.25

20.49