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Ethiopia remove 150% duty on wet blue and pickled leather

Ethiopia’s government have removed a 150% duty formerly imposed on wet blue and pickled leather. Due to such tax, first implemented in 2008, exports of raw hides and skins and semi-finished products had actually come to a standstill. According to local press, and reported by leatherbiz.com, the government hopes that the industry will benefit, to some extent, from this decision. For the records, a downturn in the international demand for finished leather is currently affecting Ethiopia’s industry.