The footwear and leather goods exporters of Bangladesh predict a tough fight in coming times in the global market due to Indian Government’s recent announcement of 3-year special package which is worth $404.7 million to revive the sector. Both nations export products of same category to similar destinations like Japan, European Union and the United States.
In addition to this challenge, the Bangladeshi exporters are facing problems like delay in relocation of the tanneries from Hazaribagh to newly constructed leather estate in Savar. Partial operation of the central effluent treatment plant is also a problem. These problems are being faced since past two years.
During the first seven months of the present fiscal year, there has been decline of 4.61 per cent in the export of leather and its goods in Bangladesh that amount to $709.51 million. This is 9.79 per cent lesser than the target, according to data from the country’s Export Promotion Bureau.
Due to all tanneries are still not fully operational at the estate, there exists crisis of finished leather. Presently 105 tanneries out of 150 have started their operations in the estate. Due to the Indian package, more than 3,000 small and medium scale footwear and leather goods factories would face the trouble, said a source.