Ethiopia’s footwear industry and its leather sector in general enjoy significant international comparative advantages owing to its abundant and available raw materials, highly disciplined workforce and cheap prices. Ethiopia boasts the largest livestock production in Africa, and the 10th largest in the world. Ethiopia annually produces 2.7 million hides, 8.1 million sheepskins and 7.5 million goatskins. This comparative advantage is further underlined by the fact that the costs of raw hides and skins constitute on average 55-60% of the production of Semi-processed leather.
Ethiopia's leather and leather product sector produce a range of products from semi-processed leather in various forms to processed leathers including shoe uppers, leather garments, titched upholstery, backpacks, purses, industrial gloves and finished leather.
Ethiopian leather products have been exported to markets in Europe (especially Italy and the UK), America, Canada, China, Japan and other Far Eastern countries and the Middle East. Leather is also exported to other African countries including Nigeria and Uganda.

Leather garments

Ethiopian footwear factories produce men’s casual shoes and children’s shoe-uppers made from pure leather. Additionally, the factories:
• Sell directly to overseas importers/wholesalers, or to direct buying offices;
• Facilitate the production and export of footwear under the private labels of department stores, boutiques, shoe retail chains and mail-order houses;
• Source out from Ethiopia and other nations in East Africa and re-export;
• Facilitate the production and export of internationally well-known brands under contract.
• The Ethiopian footwear industry produces shoes that are globally competitive in terms of both quality and price. Due focus is given to maintaining the quality of the hides and skins, leather and leather products for export. All exports are tested by the Quality and Standards Authority of Ethiopia (QSAE).

Business addresses in Ethiopia

Leather products Footwear
Becky Leather Articles P.O. Box 6456 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Tel: (+251-1) 159554 Fax: (+251-1) 504026 Anbessa Shoe Factory Tel: ( +251-1) 754269 Fax: ( +251-1) 756335
Dejen Enterprise P.O. Box 19990 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Tel: (+251-1) 613291 Fax: (+251-1)756408 / 552002 Ethio-Italy Shoe Factory Tel: ( +251-1) 400658
EMECO Pvt. Ltd. W.17 K.23 H#2185 P.O. Box 9090 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Tel: ( +251-1) 613803 Fax: ( +251-1) 612156 Jamaica Shoe Factory Tel: (+251-1) 564280 Fax: ( +251-1) 553114
Ethio Leather Industry PLC Tel: ( +251-1) 655153/52/54 Fax: ( +251-1) 655151 Kangaroo Shoe Factory Tel: ( +251-1) 611539 Fax: ( +251-1) 610477
Genuine Leather Products Tel: ( +251-1) 251-1-531894 Fax: ( +251-1) 251-1-518841 Nyala Shoes & Leather Products P.O. Box 9357 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Tel: ( +251-1) 793092 Fax: ( +251-1) 534674
ezale Global Tel: ( +251-1) 624454 Ras Dashen Shoe Factory Tel: ( +251-1) 09 230912 & 293167 Fax: ( +251-1) 293449
Tikur Abay Shoe Company Tel: ( +251-1) 701803 Fax: ( +251-1) 704050