The European Footwear Alliance (EFA) has welcomed the Chinese government’s decision to request a World Trade Organisation (WTO) consultation on EU anti-dumping measures imposed on Chinese and Vietnamese leather footwear.
The EFA said today that the footwear assocation shares China’s view that the EU’s decision to extend the levies – 16.5% on imported Chinese leather footwear and 10% on Vietnamese leather footwear – by a further 15 months in December was “based on questionable investigation and a flawed analysis of the economic facts”.
China’s announcement, only the second time the country has decided to take the EU through WTO trade dispute settlement procedures, underlines the “extent to which the decision has damaged the EU’s standing with one of its major trading partners”.
The EFA argued that the extension of the levies hurts European business and consumers.
The EFA said in a statement: “The extension of the footwear duties opens the door to retaliatory measures on EU exports to China and puts paid to European leaders’ repeated pledges to defend free trade.”
The EFA is calling on the European Commission to “take immediate action to prevent relations between the EU and China from degenerating further. The European Union’s reputation as a sponsor of free trade as well as the credibility of its use of trade defence instruments are at stake. “
On December 22, EU member states voted to extend anti-dumping duties on Chinese and Vietnamese leather footwear imports for a further 15 months.
Drapers, backed by the British Retail Consortium and the British Footwear Association, launched a Dump The Duties campaign last year calling for footwear retailers and suppliers to voice their concerns about the extension.