China has denounced the European Union’s plan to impose anti-dumping duties on its leather
shoe exports as a step too far.
On its website the Commerce Ministry dimissed claims that Beijing sells shoes to
Europe for less than they cost domestically.
A spokesman said the EU duties, set to be introduced between April and September this year, smacked of protectionism. He added that they were out of line with the overall trend of free trade represented by the World Trade Organisation’s
latest round of negotiations.
In announcing the move against shoe imports from China and from Vietnam, EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson said he had to counter
“disguised subsidies” those countries gave their producers.
The duties will be up to 19.4% for imports of Chinese-made leather shoes and 16.8% for those made in Vietnam.