The public consultation into anti-dumping duties on footwear imported from the Far East risks failing to represent the views of the footwear sector due to a lack of response, according to trade sources.
After EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson imposed tariffs of 16.5% and 10% on footwear imports from China and Vietnam respectively in October last year, the EU launched a Green Paper, questionnaire and consultation into the anti-dumping duties to garner market opinion.
But Peter Klein, head of the European Commission's trade defence unit, said the Commission would draw its own conclusions if retailers and importers do not respond.
Emma Ormond, international trade consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, told Drapers that retailers and importers are being called on to show their commitment to the issue.
She said: "The consultation is unlikely to lead to any major changes, but there is scope to change the way it is interpreted, which could lead to improvements - not least of which would be greater transparency."
Replies to the questionnaire, which can be found at ec.europa.eu, should reach the Commission by March 31. As Drapers went to press, only 15 responses had been made online.