Khaled Al-Khalki, a member of the General Assembly of the Leather Tanning Chamber, called on the Minister of Trade and Industry, Eng. Ahmed Samir, to reconsider the need to reconsider opening the door for exporting leather with chrome, and coordinating the work of chrome, as re-working chrome leather contributes 300 million dollars annually, noting that the leather crisis began in Egypt since the decision No. 304 of 2011, which stipulates banning the export of chrome leather to provide leather, with the aim of adding an added value to leather, and in fact there is a great harm to the manufacturers’ inability to meet the requirements of external competition on the one hand, and the inability to penetrate foreign markets on the other hand.
He revealed that the volume of Egypt’s exports of chrome leather is 10 times that of kraft, and that the United States, Brazil, France, Argentina and India are among the first countries to export chrome leather, according to him.
Al-Khalqi pointed out that the complaints and demands will increase in the coming period, and reconsidering the decision will save millions of dollars, which are used to import more than 50 products that enter the cherry industry. In exports, saving millions of dollars and even increasing the dollar proceeds from chrome exports, as the chrome leather product is recognized in all countries of the world and is carried out in two stages only. dollar and increase exports to foreign markets, which supports the national economy.
Al-Khalqi stressed that the government’s opening of the export of chrome leather, which has been suspended since last 2011, targets other axes, including the tanneries’ disposal of its large stock of leather due to the severe recession in the recent period, calling for the Ministry of Industry to consider reconsidering the work of chrome with leather in order not to lose a national wealth of leather. With the need to establish financial facilities through soft loans for tanneries, they can purchase the quantities of leather required to work on the chrome.
Al-Khalqi stressed that most of the workers in the city of Al-Rubiki suffer due to the suspension of chrome leather work, with the sales volume declining like other industries during the current period, and pointed out that chrome leather is the half-factory leather and the tanning and finishing process was not completed and only transformed from living tissues to Tanned fabrics, and the foreign importer makes assortment as he desires in terms of color, whether brown, red, black, or manufactures the leather itself according to its different uses, adding that the city of Al-Rubiki is the best city for tanning leather in the Middle East and Africa and annually provides 350 million feet of leather, and the foot is a unit of measurement The size of the skins is done through electronic machines, explaining that the size of the skins varies according to the carcasses, as the area of the skin of a sheep, for example, is 7 feet, and a goat is 5.5 feet, while the cattle skin is made of cowhide is 32 feet.
Al-Khalqi pointed out that the price of cleaning and tanning the skin in tanneries ranges from 80 to 120 pounds for sheep skin, and from 450 to 650 pounds for cow skin, pointing out that salting the skin in homes leads to its wear and hair loss gradually in a few days of its use, except The chemicals for tanning in tanneries maintain its quality in terms of material and good hygiene. It is worth mentioning that chrome tanning is the most widely used process for tanning leather all over the world. This method, which has been in use for more than 160 years, produces about 90% of All leathers, as the tanning agents used in this process are based on the element chromium.