NEW DELHI: The government today allowed exports of finished and tanned leather only through the sea ports of Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata.
It has also permitted the shipments from Inland Container Depots (ICDs) of Kanpur and Tughlakabad, Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said.
"Export of finished leather, wet blue and EI tanned leather shall be permitted through the sea ports of Chennai, Mumbai (JNPT) and Kolkata and ICDs Kanpur and Tughlakabad or any other port/ICDs to be notified by DGFT from time to time," it said.
Earlier, these exports were allowed through all the ports and ICDs.
However, these exports are now subjected to an inspection procedure.
As per the procedure, "officials of Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) posted at the above Sea ports/ICDs would draw the sample of finished leather/Wet Blue/EI Tanned Leather from the export consignment, wherever required, in the presence of Customs Officials.
"Such samples will be tested and certified by CLRI or such other approved labs which may be notified from time to time, testing as per the finished leather norms...," it said.
A senior official said that the move would help in restricting exports of raw leather.
"Our aim is to export value added products. Now at these ports and ICDs, technical people of Council for Leather Exports will be present to check the consignments," the official added.