At a meeting in Hong Kong in March, the Global Leather Co-ordinating Committee (GLCC) expressed concerns about certain countries demanding that tanned hides and skins have “health certificates” before allowing them to be imported.
The GLCC, which has representatives of the three main industry bodies, the International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies (IULTCS), the International Council of Tanners (ICT), and the International Council of Hides, Skins and leather Traders Associations (ICHSLTA), said this practice goes against the recommendations of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
It said the OIE position, that hides and skins that have processed to wet blue, wet white, crust or finished leather should require no health certificate, is supported by “sound science”.
In a new statement, the GLCC called on national governments to refrain from asking for health certificates. It said: “These materials are acknowledged by the OIE to be free from pathogens or viruses posing a risk to humans or livestock, and should not require sanitary health certificates to be traded internationally.”
It said requiring health certificates for these products constitutes “an unnecessary barrier to trade, as well as a costly burden” to tanners and leather traders. It said global trade in semi-processed and processed hides and skins had a value of close to $20 billion in 2017.
Information courtesy of Leatherbiz