Leather, Hide and Skins


The leather industry in Kenya is mainly dependent on the large livestock resource base of Cattle, Goats, Sheep and Camel. The industry also derives its raw materials from emerging livestock such as fish (Nile perch), farm Ostriches and farm Crocodiles.

The sector’s contribution to Kenya’s economy currently stands at Kshs.10.6 billion and creates employment to over 22,540 people directly and indirectly.

Hides and skins subsector

The hides and skins trade has gone through phases; witnessing positive impact on the sector. The sector transformed from a purely raw material source to relatively modern industry adopting the changing technology and market trends. The transformation saw the country act as a tanning hub for the region through procurement of hides and skins and supply of leather in both local and regional markets. In addition, it experienced exports of semi- processed leather (wet-blue) to the international markets.

Tanning subsector

Currently, tanneries in Kenya have installed capacities standing at 60% for wet-blue, crust leather at 25% and finished leather taking 15%.

Leather goods and footwear subsectors

The leather goods and footwear subsectors in Kenya have exhibited a lot of potential for growth with an increase of leather goods units to 85. There are 25 enterprises engaged in formal footwear and leather goods manufacturing. This has a utilization capacity of more than 70%. Apart from the formal sector, there are hundreds of informal footwear manufacturing units/ Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) which undertook manufacturing of 55-60 percent of the local footwear production.

Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Mr. Adan Mohamed (2nd right) sampling some of the Kenyan leather products



  1. Exports

To be able to trade externally, one requires a minimum of Kshs 5 million. The Department of Veterinary Services provides technical advice to exporters to help them succeed in export of hides, skins and leather.

  1. Raw hides and Skins

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) on behalf of the Government levies 80% tax of the Free on Board (FOB) value. On the other hand, the Department of Veterinary Services levies 2% of the FOB to fund the Veterinary Services Development Fund (VSDF).

  1. Wet blue leather

The Veterinary Department levies 1% of the FOB value; KRA does not charge any levy thus encouraging value addition.

  1. Crust leather

0.5% of FOB value is charged by the Veterinary Department which goes to VSDF. KRA does not charge any levy.

  1. Finished leather

No levies are charged by both KRA and the Department of Veterinary Services.

Note: Taxes and levies by KRA and the Department of Veterinary Services are paid prior to export of goods.



Special Economic Zones (SEZs)

The Government plans to roll out Special Economic Zones (SEZs) to boost Kenya’s investment profile. This will replace the current Export Processing Zones (EPZ) and is marked to improve foreign Direct Investments into the country.

The focus of the new policy on SEZs is that goods be produced closer to raw material sources and investors handed preferential terms on matters such as licensing.

President Uhuru Kenyatta in September signed the Special Economic Zones Act 2015, which spells out key measures to revamp activities in the blocs.

The special economic zones law provides incentives for industries to operate in designated zones.

The Act provides for numerous tax incentives for investors, including exemption from all existing taxes and duties payable under the Customs and Excise Act, Income Tax Act, East African Community Customs Management Act and Value Added Tax Act on all special economic zone transactions.

Enterprises at the SEZs will enjoy several tax incentives under a tightly monitored set-up to avoid losses of government revenue. The preferential tax terms will include value added tax (VAT) exemption on all supplies of goods and services to enterprises, reduction in corporate tax to 10 per cent from 30 per cent for a period of 10 years of operation and 15 per cent for the next 10 years.

The government plans to freeze new investments within its Export Processing Zones (EPZ) as it takes up the SEZs model.

The SEZs are currently undergoing a pilot program in Mombasa, Lamu and Kisumu.




Quality Assurance

All producers in the leather sector are required to comply with the standards set by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and other relevant International Standards bodies in production of quality leather and leather goods.

Environmental legislation

Manufacturers and business people in the leather sector must comply with the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) legislation.


For more Information Contact:

The Secretary/CEO

Kenya Leather Development Council

Tel: +254 (020) 4442321

P.O Box 14480-00800

Riverside Drive- Nairobi.

E-mail: ldckenya@gmail.com





No. Company Product Range Contact Details
1. Adelphi – The Leather Shop Diverse range of quality leather items including:


Bags, Hand bags, folders, wallets,briefcases, accessories as well as Corporate Gift Items.

Tel:- +254 (20) 236 9694


Email: info@adelphileather.biz


Outlets: – Yaya and Sarit Centre, Nairobi.

2. Sanabora Design House Limited Quality and contemporary leather items with an African touch including:-

Clutch Bags, Cross body bags, hand bags, wallets, purses, travel bags, gifts/corporate items.

Murang’a Road, Opposite K.I.E, Aqua Plaza, 3rd Floor, Nairobi.

Tel: +254 20 232 1853,

Mobile: +254 715 774 579

Email: info@sanabora.com

or products@sanabora.com

Website: http://sanabora.com

3. Habib Leather Industry Producers of High Quality Leather Products including:-


Corporate Gift Items, Sports Items and Items for the Catering and Hotel Industry

Cell Phone: 0725 103 705


Cell Phone: 0725 760 681

4. Gonzala Leathers Producers of a wide array of quality leather products. Email:  anzalaof@gmail.com


5. Rift Valley Leather Range of production include:-


Travel bags and holdalls (briefcases), Satchels, wallets and purses, belts as well as handbags and bespoke items in exotic leather.

Tembo Road, Karen – Nairobi.

Contact:- +254 (0) 721 922


Website: https://www.rift-africa.com

6. Zeeban Designs Producers of Quality Leather Accessories including:-

Hand bags, wallets and purses.

Outlet: Yaya Centre, Nairobi.

Cell Phone: +254 734 446 316/

+254 723 425 098

E-mail: zeebaan@gmail.com


7. Annabelle Thom Assorted leather goods The Junction shopping Mall, Dagoretti Corner, Nairobi

Tel: +254 (020) 3864 665

Email: sales@annabellethom.com


8. African Lily Leather accessories Ngong Road

P.O Box 26015 – 00100, Nairobi

Cell: +254 710 492147/

+254 725 106542

Email: africanlilyenterprises@gmail.com


9. Adel de jak Assorted leather goods Cloud 9 Collection

Mushroom Road off Kiambu Road, Nairobi

Cell: +254 (0)734 399 800


  Escon Leather Company Producer of high quality vegetable tanned leather accessories and interior decor including:-

Wallets, pouches, purses, clutch bags, handbags, ladies sandals, doormats and poofs.

Contact: essymumo@gmail.com
10. Anchor Footwear Producers of men’s office shoes in a diverse range of tastes and preferences. Contact: artur.mwaura@gmail.com


Outlet:– Kenya Industrial Estates.

11. Kraw Leathers Producer of leather bags, sandals, purses, footwear among other leather accessories Industrial Area

P.O Box 7637-00300, Nairobi

Cell: +254 722 938 387

Email: Karuga.nganga@gmail.com





                                               TANNERIES OPERATING IN KENYA

No Name of the Tanner Postal Address Emails
1. Bata Shoe Limited

(Limuru Town)

P O Box 23 – 00217 LIMURU bata.marketing@ bata.com

customer.service.kenya@ bata.com

2. Alpharama Ltd

(Off Namanga Road, ATHI RIVER)

P O Box 167 – ATHI RIVER info@alpharam.co.ke
3. Leather Industries of Kenya

(Off Garissa Road, THIKA)

P O Box 79 – THIKA likkenya@yahoo.co.uk
5. New Market Leather Factory

(Nanyuki Road – NAIROBI)

P O Box 14579 – NAIROBI ngombenmls@gmail.com
6. Aziz Tanneries Ltd

(Off Kangundo Road, Njiru Market)

P O Box 1363 – NAIROBI aziztanneries@yahoo.com
7. Sagana Tanneries Ltd

(Sagana Town)

P O Box 94 – SAGANA Yassin.awale@gmail.com
8. Nakuru Tanneries Ltd

(Shabab Estate – NAKURU Town)

P O Box 225 – NAKURU ntwetblue@africanline.co.ke
9. Dogbones Ltd

(Dandora Market, NAIROBI)

P O Box 78010 – 00507 viwandani ashwin@dogs.b.com
10. Nairobi Tanneries Ltd

(Nanyuki Road, NAIROBI)

P O Box 689 – SARIT CENTRE Chitti9aug@yahoo.com
11. East Africa Tanneries Ltd

(Off Kangundo Road, Njiru Market)

P O Box 46227 – NAIROBI ea_leather@yahoo.com
12. Faaso Import and Export

(Lunga Lunga Road – NAIROBI)

P O Box 78010 – 00507


13. Athi- River Tanneries

(Off Mombasa Road – ATHI-RIVER)

P O Box 503 – 00204 ATHI-RIVER md@athirivertanneries.co.ke
14 Abdulwadood tanners LTD Po Box 41695 Nairobi awt@kenyaweb.com


15 MAS Trading Company Po Box 71460-00622 Nairobi Mohamed-abukar@yahoo.co.uk