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Dump The Duties: EU pushes back footwear vote

The European Commission has delayed the deadline for the crucial vote by EU member states on whether to extend anti-dumping duties to give serious consideration to interested parties’ comments.

The vote on whether to extend the levy - 16.5% on Chinese and 10% on Vietnamese leather footwear – by a further 15 months was set to take place on November 10. It will now take place on November 19.

Anger over the potential extension has mounted in recent weeks as Drapers launched a joint campaign with the British Retail Consortium and backed by the British Footwear Association to stamp out the levy.

Suppliers, retailers and brands have until November 3 to contact their MEPs to lodge their objections to the levy.

International trade consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers Emma Ormond said: “The longer this goes on the easier it is for the bully [member states] to pick on those member states which are undecided on the issue.”

For more details of the Dump The Duties campaign and to see how you can contact your local MEP click here.

Readers' comments (3)

  • I have been in the shoe trade for 25 years and have endured a UK government that did little to support me when I was a manufacturer and for those of us that rose again from the ashes and worked very hard to ensure the continuation of the business by working as an agent in Spain, Portugal, India and China still have no support from our Government or European Government. The retail buyers that have moved away from Spain, Italy, Portugal etc. and are now being restricted from buying from China and Vietnam have NOT gone back to these European countries. Whats more they never will! They are looking for lower priced product and as with the UK, these European countries do not have the ecomony to offer that type of product any more. It's time the governments in the UK started to support us and shout louder than the others. We are important too so give us a chance to make a decent living instead of continually tying one hand behind our backs. It's time these duties were abolished and the silly games dispensed with.

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  • UK retailers have done little to support UK or even European manufacturing. Cheap far eastern goods are often paid for in UK redundancies, loss of taxes and social security benefits let alone the cost to the environment. While major retailers are declaring increased profits they are often demanding increased discounts from suppliers no matter the resulting business closures. It's time for UK retail to support UK and European manufacturing.

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  • The irony of this situation is that every time I go to China it is the Italians and the Spanish shoe 'manufacturers' who are in the majority at the hotel most shoe people stay at in Houjie City. These are the people who are crying on one hand but at the same time are importing shoes as fast as they can. I got in the lift one night in July and an Italian got in with an arm full of Prada container seals!

    If the anti dumping duty is scrapped then the European public will benefit from lower prices. The people that will suffer are the Brazilians who are just about keeping their head above water in Europe at the moment.

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