Tanzania Waives Import Duty For Leather Processing Machines

An employee churns fish pelts in tanning compounds using a mechanical drum on June 11, 2018, at the Alisam Product Development, a mini tannery owned by Newton Owino, an industrial chemist, who uses organic bio-compounds for tanning, “naturally derived from indigenous plant species”, he says, at the Mamboleo suburb, at the lakeside town of Kisumu, in western Kenya. – Owino derives the ingredients in the chemicals he uses for tanning and the processing of the skin of fresh water fish from the Lake Victoria known as Nile Perch, from which he then fashions a range of products including leather jackets, bags, shoes, wallets, caps, purses, sandals and belts. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP) (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP via Getty Images)




The government of Tanzania on Saturday announced that it had waived import duty for leather processing machines to attract more investments in the leather industry.



Kitila Mkumbo, the Minister for Industry and Trade, told parliament, in the capital Dodoma, that the government has also waived import duty for materials used in processing leather.


“The waiver of the import duty is among efforts by the government aimed at encouraging local processing of leather products in the country,” Mkumbo told the House when he tabled his ministry’s budget proposals for the 2021/2022 financial year.


He said his ministry has started implementing a project aimed at training 419 livestock keepers in three districts of Arusha region on how to add value on hides and skins.


Mkumbo said the project is being undertaken by the state-run Tanzania Industrial Research and Development Organization and financed by the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology.


According to the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Tanzania currently has 33.4 million head of cattle, 21.29 million goats and 5.65 million sheep.


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