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Import of Leathers – Submission of Veterinary/ Health Certificate – reg

NO. CLE/POL/IMP OF LEATHERS/2018

August 3, 2018

Members of the Council,

Sub : Import of Leathers – Submission of Veterinary/ Health Certificate – reg

Dear Member,

This is in continuation to our earlier circular dated July 24 regarding submission of veterinary/ health certificate for import of hides, skins and leather into India. In the said circular we had requested members to take necessary precaution while obtaining veterinary/ health certificate from overseas suppliers, considering forged/invalid/false official health certificate submitted by some importers of finished leather/wet blue.

We have again received a communication from Animal Quarantine & Certification Services (AQCS), New Delhi stating the following.

The main problem is that many times the health certificates are falsely made as issued by competent authorities or Ministries and it is not possible to identify them without getting them verified as the stamp, signature, seals looks like proper and official. It is therefore necessary that the importers shall ensure proper certifications by checking in the official websites of the country of the origin.

Members may kindly note the above and take precautions while obtaining Veterinary/ Health certificates from overseas suppliers of hides/skins/leathers.

Thanks and regards

R. Selvam

Executive Director


NO.CLE/HO/POL/IMPORT OF LEATHERS/2018

July 24, 2018

Members of the Council,

Sub : Import of Leathers – Submission of Veterinary/ Health Certificate – reg

Dear Sir,

Council for Leather Exports has received information from Animal Quarantine & Certification Services (AQCS) in Chennai as well as from AQCS, New Delhi informing about the submission of forged/invalid/false health certificates. The communication from ACS, Delhi states the following.

“Many importers are importing the finished leather/wet blue from countries like Spain, Brazil, EU, South Africa, Bangladesh, Romania etc. on forged/false/invalid official health certificates. These submitted certificates looks like originals and also as issued by official authorities. It is very difficult for AQCS to identify such certificates at its level, therefore many certificates were sent for verification and also declared false/forged by authorities of other countries. Accordingly, importers were advised to deport/destroy (reject) the consignments in co-operation with Customs”

The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries (DAHD&F) has also hosted an advisory (copy enclosed) which states that only original health certificate is to be submitted to the concerned AQCS station for issue of NOC for import clearance of leather.                      

Hence members may kindly note the above and take necessary precaution while obtaining veterinary/health certificates and submit the original veterinary/health certificate to AQCS concerned for obtaining NOC for import clearance of hides/skins and leathers.

Thanks & regards,

R.Selvam
Executive Director
COUNCIL FOR LEATHER EXPORTS