Power outages put leather exports at stake


KARACHI: Leather and its goods export of billions of rupees have been are at stake due to prolonged suspension of power supply to Tannery Zone since last week.

Production in Korangi Industrial Area’s Tannery Zone has almost come to a halt on Wednesday as electricity supply by K-Electric remained suspended for the last several days. Chairman Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA) SZ, Hamid A. Zahur in a press statement criticised the protracted disruption in electricity supply to the Tannery Zone.

It has rendered the export-oriented leather industry in Sector 7/A idle. He said that there is still no supply in a large part of Tannery Zone even after 48 hours. “It is badly haunting the leather manufacturers who are currently engaged in meeting the export orders for the incoming peak winter season.

He feared that interruption in electricity supply has already delayed shipment of ordered goods and will lead to a dissatisfied customers who will not return back to Pakistan due to delayed deliveries. Non-supply of electricity is not only affecting export of finished leathers, but also the value added products such as leather garments and gloves who are customers to the local tanning industry, he explained.

He urged high ups of K-Electric to improve its system for repair and maintenance as there is a major lack of service teams to work on tripped feeders. Any minor tripping takes the whole day to get restarted which should instead be immediately worked on.