Nicaragua: Shortage of Leather for Shoe Making

The lack of its main raw material is a recurring problem in the Nicaraguan footwear industry.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The National Chamber of Leather, Footwear and Allied Businesses in Nicaragua has requested a temporary ban on the export of leather, noting that most of the production of cattle hides in the country is being sold abroad.

Whether because of problems arising in imports of the main raw material for the manufacture of footwear, or because of local production of leather being exported abroad, this seems to be a never ending issue that periodically causes severe losses to the industry, due to the fact that it makes it impossible to keep production plants in operation.

"Alejandro Delgado, president of Cacunic, reported that there is a shortage of raw materials in the domestic market because almost all of the semi-processed hides are being exported. 'This is affecting us because we cant meet production orders, but it also affects sources of employment.' "

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