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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Information will be treated in confidence where specified.
“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