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American Leather

American Leather

American Leather as an industry is similar to many other cultures around the world where the skill of working with animal skin to develop leather as a natural source of raw materials for the production of goods has been acquired.

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Importing Leather from China

The Leather industry of China can be divided into four areas:

  1. Leather Tanning
  2. Processing of Hides with Hair
  3. Shoes Manufacturing
  4. Production of Leather Goods such as Coats, Fashion Wear and Bags.

Some of the provinces with a significant presence in the leather industry include: Henan, Shandong, Yunnan, and Anhui.  There are literally thousands of leather factories in each province.

Often times, rawhide is imported into China where it is converted into finished leather goods.  Such finished goods are then exported to other countries in return.

The leather factories in China tend to be partnerships with the government.  Even if the companies are private, the government will be a major investor.  

Importing American Leather

Leather articles are covered within Chapter 42 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.  The specific types of leather goods and their headings mentioned include:

Raw hides, Skins and Leather imports are mentioned within Chapter 41 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.  Hide quality is classified on an industry basis from grade no. 1 to grade  no. 3 where no. 1 has the best appearance and no. 3 has the most flaws.  With so many options, leather and leather goods provide the importer interested in American Leather goods with lots of options.

Leather goods made for the American Leather market will require to follow a set of government rules and regulations.

American Leather is a vast market spanning many areas providing the importer to USA with ample opportunities.