Russian ban on semi-processed leather extended

Published:  29 April, 2015

The ban on the export of tanned and semi-finished leather from Russia will be extended from April 1 to November 25, 2015. With political tensions between the EU and Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, leather was included in sanctions imposed by the Russian government last year.

The ban, has been adopted since October 1 2014, by the Russian Government under the decree No. 826 which had prevented the export of wet tanned hides (bovine, buffalo and equine animals) without hair, including wet-blue semi-finished leather (crust) until April 1 2015. This has now been extended to November 25, 2015. The Russian Government aims to ensure the supply of raw materials for domestic market of Russia based leather and footwear producers.