22 May New restrictions will be imposed on Chinese leather and fur industry
According to the report in CLIA website, the leather industry in China will face more restrictions on effluent discharge as the new standard for tanning discharge will be imposed next year, the report citing an official in Environmental Protection Ministry as saying on a forum to maintain fur industry sustainable growth that was held on May 9 in Beijing.
China fur industry is an important and integrated part of leather sector that has experienced nearly 10-year high growth, the current employment reaches 10 million people, the fur industry has 453 large scaled companies that produced 71.797 billion yuan of production value in 2012, said the report.
The official of Ministry of Environmental Protection released that the new standard of pollution water discharge will be imposed in 2014, which aims to reduce the amount of harmful chemicals and water consumption in leather and fur processing. Furthermore the information technology and industry ministry will also set the regulations and restrictions on building new tannery.
An owner of tannery in Zaoqiang town of Hebei province said on the forum if the new standard to be implemented the costs for processing a piece of fur skin will increase 30% or about 10 yuan, which will make huge pressure for the exporters.