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EU pushes back footwear vote

The European Commission has delayed the vote by EU member states on whether to extend anti-dumping duties on leather footwear from China and Vietnam to give consideration to interested parties’ comments.

The vote on whether to extend the levy by a further 15 months was scheduled for November 10 but 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, since backed by the British Footwear Association, to stamp out the levy.

Suppliers, retailers and brands have until November 3 to object. Visit www.drapersonline.com/dump-the-duties to find out how.

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