The relocation will be made in several phases and will take time before all the tanneries are shifted, according to RMM Group chairman Mohiuddin Ahmed Mahin.

Meanwhile, some European buyers had stopped buying leather products from Bangladesh due to lack of environmental compliance. They are, however, expected to resume sourcing from Bangladesh after the central effluent treatment plant (CETP) for treating liquid and solid waste is installed. Estimates say the new plant will cut pollution by 70%.

After the installation of the CETP, the local tanners hope that the former buyers along with new ones will return to Bangladesh for leather products supply, said Shubhashish Bose, vice chairman of Export Promotion Bureau (EPB).

The press conference comes after recent positive export figures from Bangladesh.