How to import Raw hides, skins and leather 

How to import 
Raw hides, skins and leather

Here we explain about the basic knowledge on how to import Raw hides, skins and leather. This information is to enlighten importers; a general idea on importation of import Raw hides, skins and leather goods from overseas countries applicable to almost all countries worldwide. Once after reading this post about import procedures and import customs clearance procedures, you will have basic information about the procedures and formalities about the process of importation of raw hides, skins and leather. Some of the items under this category are prohibited or restricted in some countries. If you are importing any commodity, you need to obtain accurate information from concerned government departments of importing country, as the details given in this post provides only a common idea about import of Raw hides, skins and leather.

Although most of the procedures and formalities are same in all countries on importation of leather skins, raw hides etc after globalization of trade by General Agreement on Tariff and Trade, GATT, each importing country has their own foreign trade policy. More trade liberalization is expected in near future for WTO countries through Trade Facilitation Agreement TFA likely to be introduced soon, based on Bali package of TFA.

Special requirements to import Raw hides, skins and leather

Permission from Wild Life Protection office to import : As explained in other articles in this web blog, any import of goods should not affect the health of human, animal, plants and other species of the earth in turn the environment. Some of the items under Leather and leather articles fall under the regulation of Wild life Protection. So, necessary approval from wild life protection department of importing country is required for the importation of some of the items under leather and leather products.

Certificate from CITES to import certain items under leather and leather articles: CITES means Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. In some countries, CITES is also known as Washington convention. CITES is formed as multilateral treaty among countries to protect endangered plants and animals worldwide. So, if any items under Leather or Leather articles fall under the regulation of CITES, necessary certificate from them is required for importation.

Certificate from Animal Quarantine office :If any items under leather and leather products fall under the regulation of animal quarantine department, the importers of such products under leather and leather products should obtain a certificate from Animal Quarantine Office of importing country.

RSP based valuation: Some of the items under leather and leather products fall under RSP based valuation to estimate import tax. How to import Raw hides

What is RSP? : RSP means retail sale price. Retail Sale Price RSP means the maximum price at which the excisable goods in packaged form may be sold to the ultimate consumer and includes all taxes local or otherwise, freight, transport charges, commission payable to dealers, and all charges towards advertisement, delivery, packing, forwarding and the like, as the case may be, and the price is the sole consideration for such sale.

Test report of analysis from Laboratory to import : For the purpose of importing some of the items under leather and leather products, the importer must obtain a test report from accredited laboratory authorized or governed by importing country is required. Necessary sample of imported leather and leather products are drawn as per the procedures and rules of importing country and submit with such authorized laboratory and obtains analysis report. Normally three sets of samples of importing leather and leather products are drawn and forwarded to laboratory notified by environment and forest department. Test report retains for minimum two years to confirm on obligation fulfillment by importer on importation of leather and leather products. Such certificate is submitted with customs location of importing country to process importation of leather and leather products. If non fulfillment of obligation by importation of leather and leather products, the importer should re-export the hazardous waste within 90 days from the date of arrival in to importing country as per hazardous waste management, handling and trans boundary rules.

General requirements to import

Government registration: In most of countries, government registration is required to become an importer in the country who only can act as an importer. Foreign Trade government office of respective country is responsible to issue such authorization to become an importer. For example in India, IEC number (Import Export Code Number) is obtained from the office of Director General of Foreign Trade office to operate as an importer and exporter in India. This process to become an importer is a onetime process, but renewal may be required as per the terms and conditions of such foreign trade office of a country.

Nowadays, in most of the countries, the information on such registration for importer – exporter is linked with customs location and reserve bank, as process of imports and exports are online digitalized. So the importers of Rubber and rubber articles is also required to contact concerned government agencies of their importing country to verify whether such onetime registration is necessary or not.

Procedures to import: The importer and supplier mutually agree terms and conditions about import sale prior to actual shipment of imports. Pricing, quality specifications, terms of payment, terms delivery, and mode of transport and other terms and conditions are agreed and mentioned in purchase order and import shipment of Rubber and rubber articles is effected accordingly.

As you know, under any importation of goods, necessary import documentation and customs clearance procedures at importing country have to be completed either importer’s customs broker or importer directly as per foreign trade policy of respective importing country. For importing Raw hides, skins and leather also, import entry documents along with carrier’s document (Bill of Lading /Airway bill), commercial invoice, packing list, certificate of origin and other required documents are filed and necessary import procedures are completed to take delivery of imported goods under Rubber and rubber articles. Nowadays, necessary information is filed online and produces required documents at the time of inspection, assessment or delivery of import of goods at destination customs location. The international partners of countries share quality measures each other and exempt from multiple inspection on same products both for export and import. However, as per the policy of most of the developed countries import of goods from Least Developed Countries (LDC) need to be certified by authorized agencies before export. So, if any import of Raw hides, skins and leather takes place, the details of such information can be obtained from necessary government agencies of importing country.

Certificate of Origin to import Raw hides, skins and leather :The source of origin of imported Raw hides, skins and leather is required in almost all countries. So a certificate of origin issued by necessary approved authorities at exporting country is required to import Raw hides, skins and leather. Certificate of origin helps to determine origin of imported goods to avail exemption on import duties and taxes. Different unilateral, multilateral and bilateral agreement between countries also allows imports and exports with exemption of import duties where in Certificate of Origin is the primary proof on country of origin of importing goods under Raw hides, skins and leather


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