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Importers call on EU Commission to scrap anti-dumping

A European importers’ association is calling for the European Commission to scrap its anti-dumping duties on Chinese and Vietnamese leather footwear, as the deadline to prolong or cancel the measures approaches.

The Foreign Trade Association (FTA), which represents European importers and retailers, has called for the Commission to scrap anti-dumping measures on import duties of 16.5% on Chinese shoes with leather uppers and 10% on the same kind of shoes from Vietnam.

The EU has until January 6 to decide whether to continue to impose the duties or to scrap them all together.

The Commission decided a year ago to maintain the anti-dumping measures, which were first imposed in October 2006, after original complainants requested an expiry review, which was to last a maximum of 15 months.

A proposal is expected to be heard from the Commission in mid-October. Jan Eggert, secretary general of the FTA, said: “No prolongation, in whatever format the Commission may come up with, is acceptable for European retailers and importers”, he said. “Our members have been adversely affected by these unnecessary measures and I trust that Member States will oppose any prolongation when they are called upon to vote.”

The FTA claims that the Commission is looking to offer a compromise proposal when it concludes its review of the current anti-dumping measures, which could result in a two year extension of the measures.

“Owing to the non-transparent and secretive nature of anti-dumping investigations, details of this compromise are unclear”, said Stuart Newman, legal adviser of the FTA, “however, it now looks more certain that the Commission is intending to prolong the measures rather than do the logical thing and terminate.”

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