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European shoe sector eyes more import protection

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EU footwear retailers are warning that further measures against Asian imports would make shoes more expensive for European consumers and create uncertainty in supply.

The European Commission plans to propose in the coming months a quota-based system for imports of leather shoes from China and Vietnam to solve anti-dumping disputes with the two countries.

Under the plan, the EU would levy normal duties on a 235 million-pair quota each year, said a source in Brussels.

Once those quotas are surpassed, punitive duties of nearly 30 percent might be levied.

Preliminary EU anti-dumping measures came in in April after countries with shoe industries of their own, led by Italy, complained that unfairly-low-priced imports were trampling the market.