Struggling Leather Industry Garners $19m from Exports


The export of leather and leather products has brought in 19 million dollars so far this fiscal year. The figure is nearly 30pc less than what was targeted by the Ethiopian Leather Industry Development Institute. A lack of container capacity and immediate access to cargo services are behind the failure to meet export targets, according to Dagnachew Shiferaw, director-general of the Institute. The leather industry has been struggling for the past couple of years, dealing with challenges ranging from the unavailability of quality hides and skins to the closure of export destinations due to COVID-19. Leather exports made up less than one percent of the country's export revenues last year. The Institute targets to ship 90 million dollars worth of leather goods abroad this year.


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