The UK Leather Federation (UKLF) says it has been in communication with the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on the development of Rules of Origin (RoO) for export and imports after Brexit.

If the UK leaves the Single Market, it will have to negotiate new Rules of Origin (RoO) with the EU. “From our initial discussions, BEIS have concluded that leather will be heavily affected by revisions to RoO after Brexit. The calculated tariff wedge would be in excess of 2% of the value of exports by the UK leather sector, potentially putting significant pressure on margins”, said the UKLF adding that BEIS has sought to establish panels, with representation from across the sector to provide industry input into the Government’s understanding and negotiations.

The first of these panels took place in October and included representatives from across the leather supply chain. It served as an introduction to RoO and to establish how BEIS hopes to interact with industry. “It is important that the view of the UK leather manufacturers, and all those in the leather supply chain, is understood by BEIS”, said the UKLF. Those who would like to be involved in the sector panel for the leather sector are invited to contact UKLF’s Director, Kerry Senior.