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Dump The Duties: Add your voice

The footwear industry is up in arms at plans by the European Commission to propose an extension of anti-dumping duties on leather footwear sourced in China and Vietnam. Join the British Retail Consortium, the British Footwear Association and retailers and suppliers to lend your support to the campaign to stamp out the duties.

Drapers’ Dump The Duties campaign is backed by the British Retail Consortium and the British Footwear Association and together we will compile your thoughts and submit them to Trade Commissioner Baroness Ashton in early November.

“All these duties have done is divert imports from China to India, it has had absolutely no positive impact on EU producers. There is no EU producer making cheap footwear - so we do not understand the value of these duties continuing for much longer.”

Director of the British Retail Consortium Brussels Alisdair Gray

Get Involved

You can help us by telling us your views on the proposed extension. We want to know how your business has been affected in real terms – have you suffered job losses and price increases? How has it impacted your business and your customer? You can submit your comments below or email amy.shields@emap.com. Information will be treated in confidence where specified.

To read all the stories related to the campaign click here.

“It is our belief that anti-dumping duties penalise the ultimate consumer; is not commercially rational, and is having a negative impact on the bulk of the UK footwear sector both in terms of margin and the ability to counter the current economic downturn.”

British Footwear Association chief executive Richard Kottler

 

Readers' comments (12)

  • If the anti-dumping duties were originally designed as a slap on the wrist for China and Vietnam for exporting footwear at prices lower than that sold in the local market (IE Anti dumping), then surely China and Vietnam would not got down that road again.

    Given that there is very little value footwear produced in Europe and the origins of the component parts of what is debatable. This just looks like a tax on consumers and particularly those on low incomes.

    We suggest that the policy makers in Brussels explain to the people of Europe why these duties should remain in place and exactly who benefits and why.

    Paul Short
    Merchandise Director

    J D Williams

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  • There's an interesting article on over-valuation of the UK pound here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2006/oct/09/politics.economicpolicy . And in the US the http://www.faircurrency.org lobby notes manipulation of its currency value downwards by the Chinese government - a trend that may soon have to end. A reason the Chinese government has succeeded in managing its currency for so long is that their political system has not required high spending of money on free hospitals and such on home ground; it is possible for those in authority to buy large amounts of shares and property in countries outside China; it is hard to imagine a democratic economy functioning in the same way.

    I think we need lobbies like http://www.faircurrency.org in the UK

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