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Rawhide merchants’ dues :Tanners agree to clear dues in three phases

  • Published at 12:06 am August 23rd, 2019
Rawhide procurement target may not be achieved, fear tanners
Stakes of rawhide of sacrificed animals lie unsold. Tanners fear they may face a shortage of rawhide supply this time as animal rawhide was either buried or thrown away because of low prices Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

The agreement came at a tripartite meeting between Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), Tanners Association and Hide and Skin merchants held at FBCCI

Tannery owners have agreed to a decision taken on Thursday on payment of money they owed to hide and skin merchants in three phases.

The agreement came at a tripartite meeting between Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), Tanners Association and Hide and Skin merchants held at FBCCI.

The FBCCI was arbitrating the issue of non-payment of money accumulated over the years against the supply of rawhide and skin by merchants to tannery owners.

After the meeting, FBCCI president Sheikh Fazle Fahim said that hide and skin merchants were asked to submit the outstanding amount of money and list of merchants.

 "We have called another meeting on August 31. We would discuss the issue there. Tannery owners wil pay the money in three phases ," he said.

Representatives of the Bangladesh Hides and Skin Merchant Association (BHSMA), Bangladesh Tanners Association (BTA) and Bangladesh Finished Leather, Leather Goods and Footwear Exporters' Association (BFLLFEA) were present at the meeting.

The FBCCI arranged the meeting at the directive of Commerce Minister.

On August 18, the commerce ministry organised a meeting to resolve the deadlock between the tanners and wholesalers as the latter announced that they would not sell rawhides to the tanners until they paid the Tk400 crore owed to them.

The government set prices of per square foot of salt-treated cowhide and buffalo hide at Tk45-50 in Dhaka and at Tk35-40 elsewhere. The price of goatskin has been set at Tk18-20 and Tk13-15 for 'baqra' goat across the country.

Initially, rawhide wholesale traders had refused to sell hides to tanners as they were offering lower prices.