CHAPTER 120
HIDES AND SKIN TRADE ACT

[PRINCIPAL LEGISLATION]

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   Section

Title

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS

   1.   Short title.

   2.   Interpretation.

PART II
LICENSING PROVISIONS

   3.   Premises to be licensed.

   4.   Hide dressers to be licensed.

   5.   Hide graders to be licensed.

   6.   Issue of licences in respect of premises.

   7.   Duration of licences.

   8.   Suspension and cancellation of licences.

   9.   Licensing authority to keep register.

   10.   Licences not transferable.

   11.   Issue of hide dresser's licence.

   12.   Duration, etc., of hide dresser's licence.

   13.   Issue of hide grader's licence.

   14.   Duration, etc., of hide grader's licence.

   15.   Surrender when licence cancelled.

   16.   Provisional licences.

   17.   Replacement of lost licences.

   18.   Government officers exempt from payment of fees.

PART III
APPEALS

   19.   Appeals.

PART IV
POWERS OF INSPECTION, SEARCH AND SEIZURE

   20.   Inspection, search and seizure.

PART V
OFFENCES

   21.   Offence to deal in certain hides.

   22.   Other offences.

PART VI
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

   23.   Appointment of inspectors and licensing authorities.

   24.   Delegation by Director.

   25.   Dispute on buyer's grading.

   26.   Rules.

   27.   [Repeal.]

CHAPTER 120
THE HIDES AND SKIN TRADE ACT

An Act to provide for trade in hides and skin or related matters.

[10th January, 1964] (s. 1(1))
[10th January, 1965] (s. 1(2))

Act No. 68 of 1963
[R.L. Cap. 544]
Act No. 30 of 1965

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS (ss 1-2)

1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Hides and Skin Trade Act.

2.   Interpretation Act No. 30 of 1965 s. 2">

   (1) In this Act, unless the context requires otherwise–

   "deal" means to buy or sell or to offer to buy or sell either as principal or agent, and "dealer" shall be construed accordingly;

   "Director" means the Director of the Development Division in the Ministry of Agriculture;

   "export" means export to any country outside Tanzania, and "exporter" shall be construed accordingly;

   "flaying" means the process of removing the hide or skin from an animal;

   "gluestock" means a hide or skin which has been rejected by an inspector or cut into pieces;

   "green hide" and "green skin" mean respectively a hide or skin which is neither wholly nor partly dried, salted, pickled or tanned;

   "ground dried" in relation to a hide or skin means dried by a method other than that of suspension drying or dry salting;

   "hide" means the hide of a bovine animal and includes the skin of a calf;

   "hide dresser's licence" means a licence issued under section 11;

   "hide grader's licence" means a licence issued under section 13;

   "inspector" means a person appointed to be an inspector under section 23, and "the inspector" means the inspector appointed for the relevant district;

   "licensing authority" means a person appointed to be a licensing authority under section 23, and "the licensing authority" means the licensing authority appointed for the relevant district;

   "Minister" means the Minister responsible for agriculture;

   "premises" in relation to a dealer or exporter means the building or place (including storage space) where he carries on his business;

   "preparation" includes the processes of flaying, cleaning, fleshing, salting or drying and any other similar process which may be prescribed and "prepare" shall be construed accordingly;

   "prescribed" means prescribed by rules made under section 26;

   "skin" means the skin of a goat, sheep, game animal, reptile or bird;

   "suspension dried" in relation to a hide or skin, means dried by a prescribed method of suspension drying.

   (2) References in this Act to conditions attached to a licence are references to conditions so attached by rules made under section 26.

PART II
LICENSING PROVISIONS (ss 3-18)

3.   Premises to be licensed Act No. 30 of 1965 s. 3">

   (1) Subject to the provisions of subsection (3) and (4), no person shall, by way of trade, prepare, grade or store any hides or skins at any premises, or make or accept delivery of any hides or skins on or for sale at any premises, or export any hides or skins from any premises unless–

   (a)   the occupier of the premises is the holder of a valid licence issued in respect of the premises under section 6, and the relevant act is carried out in accordance with the conditions of the licence; or

   (b)   the premises are declared by the Director under this section to be exempt premises and the relevant act is carried out in accordance with the conditions (if any) subject to which they are so exempt.

   (2) Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with the provisions of subsection (1) commits an offence and upon conviction is liable to a fine not exceeding four thousand shillings or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding twelve months or to both the fine and imprisonment.

   (3) The provisions of subsection (1) shall not apply to any farmer or grazier in relation to the preparation, grading or storage at his own premises of the hide or skin of any animal or carcass of an animal, bred or acquired by him in the course of his occupation as a farmer or grazier, as the case may be.

   (4) The provisions of subsection (1) shall not apply to the preparation, storage or delivery by a butcher of hides or skins which have been flayed by him in the course of his occupation.

   (5) The Director may, in writing and subject to the conditions which he may think fit to impose–

   (a)   exempt any person or class of persons from the necessity for compliance with the provisions of subsection (1); and

   (b)   declare that any premises or class of premises shall be exempt premises.

4.   Hide dressers to be licensed Act No. 30 of 1965 s. 4">

   (1) Subject to the provisions of subsection (3), no person shall, by way of trade, prepare any hides or skins either on his own account or as an employee of any other person unless he is the holder of a valid hide dresser's licence issued under section 11 or a provisional hide dresser's licence issued under section 16 and except in accordance with the conditions of that licence.

   (2) Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with the provisions of subsection (1) commits an offence and upon conviction is liable to a fine not exceeding two thousand shillings or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both the fine and imprisonment.

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