Footwear brands including Nike, Lacoste and Puma have launched legal action against the European Union following its decision to extend anti-dumping duties on shoes imported from China and Vietnam.
According to Reuters, The Federation of European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI) said in a statement the European Commission’s decision to extend duties on imported Chinese and Vietnamese leather footwear was based on “misguided investigation and analysis”.
FESI, whose members also include Adidas and Asics, said the duties had cost the industry nearly €1bn since being introduced in 2006.
FESI president Horst Widmann said: “We have taken this case to court not only because we firmly believe that these duties are unjustified but also because it is clear to us that the European Commission is ignoring the basic economic realities of the footwear business.”
European Ministers voted in December 2009 to extend the import duties for another 15 months. Anti-dumping duties on leather footwear amount to a 16.5% tariff on the cost of leather footwear from China and 10% on the cost of leather footwear from Vietnam.
The measures were first imposed in October 2006.