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The first day of APLF saw the corridors steadily fill with exhibitors and visitors divided strictly into the optimists and pessimists. For some the year is proving no better than last, which was not the greatest, and rising hide prices cannot be passed on in higher leather prices.
One year ago, at APLF 2016, Zimbabwe debuted on the international stage as a national group for the first time. APLF interviewed the Chairman Zimbabwe Leather Development Council, Clement Shoko, who was very enthusiastic about the fair.
The recent scandal that unfolded in Brazil where it was discovered that meat packers had bribed health inspectors to allow suspect meat to pass into the food supply chain has sparked uncertainty as the APLF Leather fair is due to open its doors today, 29 March.
As one of the world’s major exporters of leather to more than 100 countries, The Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industry (CICB) uses APLF as its primary marketing and sales platform to consolidate its international sales.
Despite looming protectionism from a new US trade policy and the announcement today that Prime Minister May has triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to start the UK’s exit from the EU, APLF 2017 experienced a busy first day in a positive atmosphere of getting on with business.
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