Trade of exotic skin items

Gleni has been present on the european and international market for numerous years, promoting through time its handcrafted articles of exotic leather and really making the concept of craftsmanship and Made in Italy a philosophy to follow.

Our clients know well with how much love and dedication we care for our products, from the moment of their creation on paper until the final finishing touches as, for us, even the simplest accessory has an inestimable value in terms of affection.

There are many people who, during these years, though with a bit of initial reticence, have moved closer to our world and, beyond the beauty and quality of the item, are interested to know more about that which revolves around the trade of articles in exotic leather: laws and restrictions that regulate the purchase and sale, sanctions (even criminal) that punish all of those who transgress, limits beyond which, we are not allowed to go.Exotic leather

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If, on the one hand there are many people who, from initial skepticism, with time and information provided, have become supporters, on the other hand, there are still many of those who, not knowing closely what revolves around the trade of articles made from exotic leather, continue to send us e-mail or angry feedback (often threatening and imprecatory) accusing us of being only ruthless criminals greedy for money, that do not hesitate to kill innocent and endangered animals, such as pythons, anacondas, crocodiles or alligators.

Our intent is not to judge these people, let alone respond to their provocations abruptly and indelicately because, if we did not know in depth all of the laws and rigid restrictions that govern such an activity, we ourselves would be the first to rail against those who do not hesitate to kill these animals to obtain luxury goods.

We understand well the feelings of rage trying the latter toward a similar business, and really to them, we wish to turn, so that they can see in more detail how we structure our work, the severe laws that regulate it and, above all, so they can realize that, we carry respect for nature and want to protect the ecosystem safeguarding the animals threatened with extinction.

Permitting and legalizing trade of a preset number of specimens, thus also raising their price and value in the eyes of the buyer, the population of the place of origin of these animals is interested in the preservation of the live species and the collection of eggs in the wilderness for passing over to farmers who must, in turn, preserve certain environmental conditions in their farms as they are in the wild. In this way, absolutely everyone is interested in the preservation and protection of these species, thus avoiding that it create poaching.

To prohibit the legal trade of these fine leathers, would inevitably lead to increased poaching and consequently to the disappearance in nature of certain animal species.

Those who trade legally with hides and finished products made of exotic leather have many constraints to comply with and many laws in which to abide. Simply transgress one and you are immediately subjected to heavy financial penalties or, in the case of serious offenses, even criminal sanctions, including detention in prison.

Who monitors and supervises the proper application of these laws? It is C.I.T.E.S. (Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species – Convenzione sul commercio internazionale di specie di fauna e flora selvatica minacciate di estinzione) who, through the appropriate bodies, oversees all practices in the purchase and sale of both a hide and a finished product of exotic leather.

Cites requires all purchasers of exotic leather to obtain supplies exclusively from authorized resellers, where the reproduction of the animal is controlled and monitored by the relevant bodies. It is severely forbidden to hunt animals illegally or even just to buy leather not certified from farms and therefore the result of poaching operations.

The monitoring of the Cites bodies is based on the assessment of the biological situation of the animal species, which are classified into several categories:

  1. species critically endangered of extinction, for which trade is rigorously forbidden;
  2. species in which trade is regulated to prevent excessive exploitations and to safeguard their survival;
  3. species protected by individual States, to better regulate the exportation from their territories.

Each State is required to authorize, releasing special permits and certificates, the exportation or re-exportation of specimens of the species classified in these categories and of their derivative products.

States that import leather, in turn, are required to authorize entry into their territories the specimens for which was presented a permit or a certificate of re-exportation, through the release of documents of importation.

All exotic leather at the time of purchase must be provided with a valid certificate, where it is reported the country of origin and source of the leather, the scientific name of the species, the date and the serial number of the leather and the import license number.

For this:

  • Every time we obtain exotic leather from tanneries, we must take care to check in advance the origin of the leather and the presence of the relevant Cites certificates of importation provided with regular licenses of sales.
  • As soon as we enter into possession of the leather, we must obligatorily report its purchase within a Cites company register no later than the next thirty days from the date of purchase.
  • In the moment which the leather is used for the creation of products destined for sale, we must write down, within the same Cites register, the amount of leather used for the realization of each product, the code of each article derived from the use of that leather and the date of sale of the finished product, to which then will be referenced the Cites certificate, if the article is exported to a country outside the EU.
  • At the time of sale in fact, if one or more products are to be exported outside the European Union, it is necessary to request a new Cites Certificate of Re-exportation for each item sold. To obtain it, we must present all documents related to the leather used, supplied to us previously by the tannery at the time of purchase of the leather itself.
  • The certificate that is released will be NOMINATIVE, which will report, besides the name and data of the seller, the name and data of the buyer to whom the merchandise is shipped.
  • Once you have the Cites certificate, the goods may leave but, in both the customs of the outgoing country and in that of the incoming country, Cites officials monitor scrupulously the Cites certification that accompanies the goods and verify the actual correspondence between what is stated in the documents and the product itself.


This meticulous monitoring procedure takes time and extends the timeframe of shipment of exotic leather goods to countries outside the EU.

Any exotic leather that is devoid of such documentation is considered the result of poaching and is therefore illegal.

These monitoring operations by the Cites bodies and respect for the law on our part as producers of articles in exotic leather is decidedly significant as it is reducing significantly the phenomenon of poaching and illegal hunting of these animals in captivity, thus curbing another grave problem which is that of extinction of some rare species of snakes or crocodiles.

Alligator e crocodile skin

Thanks to the presence of authorized farms and of licensing control on the exportation of leather from the country of origin, the reproduction of the animals is monitored and controlled, so as to always keep under control the continuation of the species and to prevent the disappearance.

Whenever you purchase exotic leather, there is need to pay large sums of money not only for the leather (which itself is very expensive precisely because of its limited quantity on the market as well as for its prestige) but also for all the practices of requirement from the Cites certifications. A substantial part of this money gets reinvested into the Cites international core to safeguard the optimal living conditions of species of wild fauna and flora threatened with extinction or to carry out protests and battles against poaching and the exploitation of wild animals taken into captivity.

It is the same Cites body to then derogate, from time to time, laws and regulations concerning the exportation or controlled importation of a type of finished leather, communicating all the amendments and the eventual notifications within its official website where it is possible also to find all of the actions and environmental battles in defense of plants and animals subject to illegal hunting by unscrupulous poachers.

Behind every legal business there are rules to respect. Behind the trade of exotic leather and all of its derivatives, there are very strict laws to follow, laws that we at Gleni are happy to comply with because we are certain that, if some endangered race, whether fauna or flora, has the possibility to survive, it is also thanks to our respect for these rules which on our part are not perceived as severe laws, but as useful measures able to save our planet or curb the damage.

A legal and well-organized business of exotic leather and leather accessories, not only is not harmful to nature, but, if submitted to rigid control where each participant follows and respects certain rules, favors the protection and betterment of the wilderness.

Traceability and transparency are the key words for safeguarding ecosystems.

Thus concluding, we hope that through this article we were able to bring you to reflect on the great and perilous work which lies behind this type of trade, an activity that, if performed correctly and in full respect of the norms, could bring great results to the preservation and the respect of our environmental heritage.

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