For the trade, Sr Gonzalez-Quijano said there would be an impact on profit margins, making it less profitable for distributors importing from China though it would remain so much cheaper to import from China "that it may not have an important impact on trade." He said COTANCE
did not take a position because China was "a good trade partner, probably one of our top markets for finished leather."
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The European leather industry, represented by the Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community (COTANCE):
COTANCE recommends a sectoral agreement for HS Chapter 41 products to be negotiated between the EU, the USA, MERCOSUR, India, Pakistan and China as core trade partners and open to as many other trade partners as possible where the principles of point 1 (above) could be consolidated.
The Textiles, Clothing, Leather branch of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETCF:TCL) and the European Leather Industry Association, Cotance
, have expressed disappointment with the European Commission's progress reports.
In meeting with the European Commissioner responsible for Agriculture, Franz Fischler, on May 19, Concepcio Ferrer I Casals (EPP, Spain), President of the European Parliament's Textile-Clothing-Leather Intergroup, (COTANCE
) was fulfilling a request of long date from the European leather industry.
The challenge comes after the European tanning association COTANCE
complained under the EU's new Trade Barriers Regulation (TBR).