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EU confirms proposed extension of footwear anti-dumping duties

The European Commission has published a document confirming its proposal to extend anti-dumping taxes on Chinese and Vietnamese shoe imports for another 15 months.

The document confirms reports that duties of up to 16.5% on Chinese and 10% on Vietnamese leather footwear will continue, despite protests from The Foreign Trade Association (FTA), which represents European importers and retailers.

The anti-dumping provisions had been set to expire at the end of the year, but the European Commission will recommend that they are renewed. The document said: “The anti-dumping measures on leather footwear should be maintained.”

Companies and industry bodies affected by the proposal have been given until November 3 to respond to the proposal before EU trade officials discuss the matter at a meeting of the anti-dumping committee later in November, before a full vote by ministers in December.

If approved by member states, the new duties would take effect from January 3, upsetting large global footwear producers, major European retailers and consumers.

The EU first imposed duties of up to 16.5% on Chinese and 10% on Vietnamese leather footwear for two years in 2006 after European manufacturers complained that the two governments unfairly subsidised low-cost shoe makers preventing European manufacturers from competing.

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