Point in Time
Act No: CAP. 359
Act Title: HIDE, SKIN AND LEATHER TRADE
[ Date of commencement: 24th December, 1987. ]
[ Date of assent: 23rd December, 1987. ]
PART I – PRELIMINARY
1.
Short title

This Act may be cited as the Hide, Skin and Leather Trade Act, 1987.

PART II – BUYER’S LICENCE
PART III – EXPORTER’S AND IMPORTER’S LICENCE
7.
Restriction on export of hides, etc.

No hide or skin or leather shall be exported or imported except through a prescribed port or place.

PART IV – REGISTRATION OF PREMISES
12.
Premises used for drying to be registered
(1)

No premises shall be used for the purpose of shade or suspension drying, wet salting, or for any other hides and skins curing methods until they have been approved as suitable for that purpose by an inspector, who, if he so approves, shall issue to the owner or occupier a registration certificate in respect of the premises.

(2)

No premises shall be used for the purposes of processing hides and skins into pickled pelts or into any stage of leather tanning or finishing until they have been approved as suitable for that purpose by an inspector who if he so approves shall issue to the owner or occupier a registration certificate in respect of those premises.

(3)

An inspector may—

(a)

refuse to approve premises if, in his opinion, they are unsuitable for the purpose, or the owner or occupier or the persons employed therein are not capable of satisfactorily preparing hides, skins and leather in the prescribed manner;

(b)

cancel or suspend the registration certificate in respect of registered premises if the hides and skins are not being prepared, dried or cured or tanned therein in a manner which is, in his opinion, satisfactory.

(4)

A certificate of registration issued under this section shall be in the prescribed form.

13.
Period of validity of registration certificate

A registration certificate issued under section 12 shall, unless earlier cancelled or suspended, remain in force until the 31st December of the year in which it is issued.

PART V – MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
15.
Powers of inspection, etc.
(1)

An inspector, or any other person authorized in writing for the purpose by the Director, may at all reasonable times enter any premises in which a buyer or exporter or importer of hides, skins or leather carries on, or in which the inspector or other authorized person suspects him of carrying on, his business, or any premises registered under Part IV, or suspected by any inspector or other authorized person of being used for the purpose of preparing hides or skins or tanning leather or manufacturing leather goods for the purpose of ascertaining whether the provisions of this Act or of any rules made thereunder, or the conditions of any licence, are being observed, and may inspect any hides or skins or leather found on those premises and may take the hides, skins or leather as samples for the purpose of instituting any proceedings under this Act or under any rules made thereunder.

(2)

A person authorized in writing for the purpose by the Director, if he has reasonable cause to believe that an offence has been committed under this Act or under any rules made thereunder in respect of any hides, skins, leather or leather goods, may take possession of those hides, skins, leather or leather goods or by order in writing, require the person in possession of the hides, skins, leather or leather goods to retain the hides, skins, leather or leather goods, and may inspect any hides, skins, leather or leather goods found in the vehicle or in the possession of that person.

17.
Dispute on buyer’s grading
(1)

Where the person who produces any hide, skin or leather for sale to a buyer is dissatisfied with the buyer’s grading, the dispute may be referred to a person authorized in writing for the purpose by the Director.

(2)

The decision of the person to whom a dispute is referred under subsection (1) shall be final and binding on both parties, and the buyer shall, if he buys the hide, skin or leather pay the price appropriate to the grade as fixed by that person.

21.
Repeal of Cap. 359.

The Hide and Skin Trade Act (Cap. 359) is repealed.