Have you ever considered the leather prices? How come some leather goods are more expensive than others? Since leather prices depend on a variety of circumstances, there is no predetermined response to this issue. The most crucial thing to remember is that just because a leather item costs more money, it doesn’t automatically mean that it is of higher quality. In addition to the apparent distinctions, such as when contrasting bonded and top-grain leather, there are other less evident ones that you might not be aware of that even influence the final product’s pricing. It is also crucial to note that pricing ranges might vary from nation to nation as a result of fluctuations in currency exchange rates.

Measuring Unit of Leather

Contrary to other materials like fabrics, leather is typically sold depending on the surface it has rather than in pieces or by the linear meter (measured in kilogram, square feet, square yards, square inches, or square meters). The square meter is the commonly accepted unit of measurement in the industry, but several countries, including India, Pakistan, the United States, and South America, measure skin in square feet, while others, like the United Kingdom, use square yards or inches (inches). Leather is therefore typically thought of in the tannery industry as being sold by the meter or foot (depending on the surface).

Leather Prices Based on Material

Being a “living” substance, leather hides sold by the square meter or the square feet require a labor-intensive method to fully utilize and generate them. Leather is typically an expensive product, and the price varies depending on a number of factors, including the quality, the origin, the processing, the tanning, the country in which production occurs, and the surface finishing (full grain, top grain, corrected grain, etc.), but most importantly the producer’s expertise, as the key to producing leather is understanding how to utilize each type of raw material to its full potential in order to produce the best product possible. The grade of leather, the place of origin, the technique employed during the processing stage, and the kind of finish used on it all affect how much leather costs per square foot or square meter. A ranking of the materials, from least expensive to most expensive, is provided below:

  • Economic options are like lambskin.
  • Low-cost goat skins.
  • Large cowhide animals, like cows.
  • Large calf and bull hides, fine sheepskins.
  • Skins like shearling that have hair.
  • Little calf skins (the most expensive especially in the hair on finishing).
  • Ostrich, crocodile and other exotic skins are in a class of their own and are considerably more expensive.

Leather Industry in Pakistan

Leather Industry in Pakistan

Do you know the origin of your Leather¬†shoes? What about that stylish leather jacket? Given that Pakistan is the world’s top manufacturer of leather, there is a significant likelihood that they are from there. About 800 tanneries in Pakistan are actively engaged in creating the best quality leather from cows, buffaloes, sheep, and goats. Pakistan is recognized as a center for the manufacture of high-quality leather and leather products.

Pakistan’s economy depends heavily on the production of 13.0 million hides and 47.4 million skins annually from its abundant supply of agricultural products and a big population of animals (2015-16). Sialkot, Lahore, and Karachi are home to the majority of Pakistan’s leather businesses. Numerous “integrated” factories exist where hides are tanned, colored, and transformed into clothing. Cows, buffalo, goats, sheep, and other animals provide the hides that are used.

Wholesale Leather Price in Pakistan

In 2022, the approximate price range for Pakistan Leather is between US$ 11.73 and US$ 12.25 per kilogram or between US$ 5.32 and US$ 5.56 per pound(lb). The price in Pakistan Rupee is PKR 1804.62 per kg. The average price for a tonne is US$ 11730.02 in Lahore and Islamabad.

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Estimated Minimum Prices of Different Types of Leather Per Square Feet in Pakistan

Cowhide Leather2.8 USD / Square Feet
Buffalo skin Leather0.54 USD / Square Feet
Goatskin Leather1.50 USD / Square Feet
Sheepskin Leather1.10-1.25 USD / Square Feet

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, there are different leather grades, with the best grades being the most expensive. Everything is, of course, subjective. While cheaper and more plentiful than leather from other exotic species, cowhide leather is nonetheless much more expensive than imitation leather and linen. Because large corporations typically have larger overhead costs than smaller family-run businesses, their leather goods may be more expensive. However, because of their budget, they are able to manufacture a lot in mass quantities, because making leather in huge quantities is obviously less expensive than doing it in lesser quantities. Thus, it’s another important factor that is the reason for the contrast of different leather prices in Pakistan.

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