The Council for Leather Exports of India has announced that leather exports from the country rose by 13 percent to $3.8 billion in the 2010-11 fiscal year, topping the goal of $3.7 billion. India's commerce secretary, Rahul Khullar, said that should triple or maybe even quadruple in the next few years as the leather industry becomes more skilled and produces more high-end products. For the fiscal year, finished leather was up by 29.1 percent, leather footwear increased by 16 percent and leathergoods rose by 8 percent. Leather garments saw a decrease of 6 percent. Germany is the biggest importer of Indian leather products, taking 14.3 percent of the total. It is followed by the U.K. with 12.8 percent, Italy with 11.5 percent, the U.S. with 8.7 percent, Hong Kong with 8.1 percent and France with 7.1 percent. About 2.5 million people work in India's leather industry.