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Leather never goes out of style. It’s durable and looks great, so forming a business in leather is a great idea. If you would love nothing more than to work for yourself, turn your craft into a part-time or full-time profession by starting a handmade leather goods business. To compete with larger outfits, develop a niche and focus your efforts on providing quality goods that are appropriately priced for your expected client base.

There are lots of business opportunities in the leather business. The leather business accounts for billions of dollars in trade worldwide. The industry plays a prominent role in the world’s economy, with an estimated global trade value of approximately US$100 billion per year. Developing countries like Nigeria dominate the world leather trade, accounting for more than 74% of export while developed countries dominate the world Finished Leather Goods (FLG) sub sector accounting for more than 80% of exported Finished Leather Goods. The value of leather export from Nigeria, between 2010 to date, ranges from USD600M - USD800M with over 40m goats and sheep skins crossing Nigerian borders annually. In the last fifteen years, leather had alternated first and second position as non-oil commodity foreign exchange earner, this means you can make money on leather. Nigeria, accounts for about 16%, making it the second largest producer after Kenya. According to the International Council of Tanners, about 65% of all finished leather is used in the footwear industry. The furniture, automobile and garment industries utilize 14%, 10.2% and 10% of finished leather respectively.

Little capital is required for startup. Starting a leather work business in Nigeria is easy and it’s one-act that will ensure a smooth inflow of millions, one that comes without any disruption or whatsoever. In Nigeria, a good number of the processed hides and skin usually derive from cow and goat, other animal skin likewise has great demand and they include crocodile, buffalo, Zebra etc.

The fashion industry is the number one consumer of leather products. However, the automobile industry, furniture, and fitted accessories are not far behind. Leather accessories make up a high percentage of leather wear produced globally. They come in wristwatch straps, broaches, hand bands, and belts. To start a leather accessory store you need to stock up on various leather items. Manufacturing leather bags is a lucrative business venture. The leather is durable, tough, and very rugged with high aesthetic value.

Nigeria produces about 1.6 million pairs of leather footwear annually. Leather garments are high-end fashion statement outfits. They attract lots of export dollars making them a highly lucrative business venture. You can make sales from leather materials such as bags, shoes and lots more. An average leather shoes goes for N10,000.

Leather wear is a very vast and exciting business. It has lots of money making potential for an astute businessman. To take advantage of all the opportunities in leather trade you need to first define your scope of business.

Some amount of hide is produced and processed into leather by local tanneries for supply to FLGs producers. It’s been reported by a number of literature that Nigeria produces, in excess of, 45 million pieces sheep and goats skins annually. These quantities are supplemented by the importation of both skins and hide (wet and dried) from all over sub-Saharan Africa. Bridging the gap between imported leather and locally made leather is a huge opportunity for the leather works business.

Mamuda Industries Nigeria Limited is into the manufacturing of quality leathers with range of fine finished leather products, and also manufactures agro and polypropylene sacks. Double Leather Enterprises Nigeria is are expertise in the production of quality leather shoes for men and is located in Lagos Nigeria.

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