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The United States Hide, Skin & Leather Association president, Stephen Sothmann, has released a statement saying retaliatory moves by the Chinese government to impose 25% import tariffs on US pork and other products could escalate “simmering trade tensions” between the US and China and ultimately cause “significant harm” to the US hide, skin and leather industry.
It looks as though the leather pipeline has escaped a first round of retaliatory measures from China following the imposition of tariffs by the US on imports of steel and aluminium from the Asian country.
The percentage of shoes imported to the US from China steadily rose from around 67% in 1996 to a high of 87.2% in 2007, but has since fallen as prices have risen and other destinations have taken advantage.
Tanning group PrimeAsia’s Chinese facility has received a Blue rating from the Central Chinese Government Audit team – one of the few factories in the region to be awarded the standard, it said.
Recently, Ningbo Customs carried out a special campaign to crack down on leather smuggling codenamed "NB1712". The General Administration of Customs on "Combating Foreign Trash" smuggling activities verified the import of 23,000 tons of wet-salted leather This is the largest case of smuggling of imported goods in the country since the establishment of Ningbo Customs.