ARCHIVE: International trade: Importer Information Notes - Hides, skins and bristles
Importer Information Notes contain specific details of the conditions for import of live animals / products of animal origin.
- Fresh or chilled hides and skins of ungulates (ABP IIN 5A) - conditions of import for fresh or chilled hides and skins of ungulates.
- Treated hides and skins of ungulates (ABP IIN 5B) - conditions of import for treated hides and skins of ungulates.
- Treated hides and skins of ruminants (ABP IIN 5C) - conditions of import for treated hides and skins of ruminants that have been kept separate for 21 days or will undergo transport for 21 uninterrupted days before importation.
Importers should also be aware of the information on the website of the Health Protection Agency and take appropriate precautions against any risks of anthrax when using hides and skins to make other products.
A question and answer document giving further information is available via the following link:
If in doubt over where the hides or skins have been sourced from, you should follow the advice on the HPA website which comes from USA Centre for Disease Control about the processing methods that could be applied to cattle and goat hides to reduce the risks of disease from handling them. Those methods include:
- Heat (heated to an internal temperature of 70 degrees Celsius (158 degrees Fahrenheit) or placed in boiling water for a minimum of 30 minutes)
- Preservation in 2 percent formaldehyde
- Chemically treating in acidic or alkaline solutions (soaking in a solution below pH 3.0 or above pH 11.5 for 24 hours)
- The use of hypertonic salts
- Traditional tanning methods
The full document can be viewed at the following link:
- Anthrax Q & A: Anthrax and Animal Hides (Centres for Disease Control and Protection
This information note covers general import procedures for animal and animal product imports. To check current restrictions (due to disease outbreaks etc) please check the Customer Information Notes.
Page published: 4 May, 2004
Page last modified: 4 March, 2011