Colombia's leather exports are expected to soar around 75 per cent this year to $100 million, a leading industry figure said on Wednesday.

Luis Gustavo Florez, head of the country's leather manufacturers' association, Asicam, added that amount would be higher if the United States continues and extends a trade benefits agreement to include apparel, footwear and other products that need leather.

Around 44 per cent of Colombia's $9.334 billion in exports during the first nine months of 2001 were destined for the US market.