Hide and Skin Trade Act
- Commenced on 1 January 1955
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 2014.]
- [Note: This version of the Act was revised and consolidated in the Fifth Revised Edition of the Laws of Malawi (L.R.O. 1/2018), by the Solicitor General and Secretary for Justice under the authority of the Revision of the Laws Act.]
Part I – Short title, application and interpretation
1. Short title and application
2. InterpretationIn this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—“buyer” means any person who buys, sells or otherwise deals in hides and skins;“buyer’s licence” means a licence issued under section 4;“Director” means the Director of Animal Health and Industry and includes the Deputy Director of Animal Health and Industry;“export” means export from Malawi;“exporter” means any person duly authorized under this Act to export hides or skins or hides and skins;“exporter’s licence” means a licence issued under section 9;“game animal” bears the same meaning in this Act as it bears in the Game Act;[Cap. 66:03]“green hide” or “green skin” means a hide or skin which is not partly nor wholly dried, salted or tanned;“hide” means the hide of a bovine animal;“inspector” means any person authorized in writing by the Minister to act as an inspector for the purposes of this Act;“licensing officer” means any person authorized in writing by the Minister to issue buyer’s licences under this Act;“preparation” includes the processes of cleansing, fleshing, salting or drying and the expressions “prepared” and “prepare” shall be construed accordingly;“skin” means the skin of a pig, sheep or goat or of any game animal.
Part II – Buyer’s licence
3. Restriction on purchase of hides and skins
4. Application for, issue of and validity of buyer’s licence
5. Conditions attached to buyer’s licence
6. Cancellation or suspension of buyer’s licence
Part III – Export of hides and skins
7. Restriction on export of hides and skins
8. Export under licence
9. Application for, issue of, power to refuse and validity of exporter’s licence
10. Conditions attached to exporter’s licence
11. Cancellation or suspension of exporter’s licenceThe Minister may cancel, or suspend for such period as he deems fit, an exporter’s licence if he is satisfied that the licensee—
Part IV – Registration of premises
13. Premises used for drying to be registered
14. Validity of registration certificateA registration certificate shall, unless cancelled or suspended under section 13, remain in force until the 31st December of the year in which it was issued.
Part V – Appeals
15. Appeal from decision of licensing officer or inspector and of DirectorAny person aggrieved by the refusal of a licensing officer to issue or renew a licence under section 4, or by the decision of a licensing officer under section 6, or of an inspector under section 13 (1), may in writing require such licensing officer or inspector, as the case may be, to supply to him in writing the reasons for his decision and such person may, within fourteen days after the date upon which he receives such reasons, appeal in the prescribed manner to the Director.
Part VI – Powers of inspection, search and seizure
16. Powers of inspection, search and seizure
Part VII – Miscellaneous
17. Separate licence required for each premisesA separate buyer’s or exporter’s licence shall be required in respect of each set of premises owned or occupied by a licensee.
18. Reference of dispute as to gradingWhere the person who produces any hide or skin for sale to a buyer is dissatisfied with the buyer’s grading thereof, the dispute may, with the consent of both parties thereto, be referred to a person authorized in writing for the purpose by the Minister. The decision of such person shall be final and binding on both parties, and the buyer shall, if he buys such hide or skin, pay the price appropriate to the grade fixed by such person.
Part VIII – Offences
19. Licensee not to store hides and skins on unlicensed premises
20. Offence to buy, etc., certain dried hides
21. Miscellaneous offences and penalty
Part IX – Rules
22. Power to make RulesThe Minister may make Rules generally for the purpose of improving the quality of hides or skins produced, prepared, sold in, or exported from, Malawi and, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, for all or any of the following purposes—
History of this document
01 January 1955