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Shoe import duties set for five-year approval

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Shoe import duties set for five-year approval


The European Commission is set to approve a plan by its trade chief Peter Mandelson to apply anti-dumping duties to leather shoes from China and Vietnam for five years. EU Member States are divided between countries opposed to any anti-dumping duties and some shoe-producing countries which want tougher measures than those proposed by Mandelson. They complain that the competition is distortive.

His plan, for tariffs of around 10 and 16.5 percent for leather footwear from Vietnam and China, respectively, must be approved by the Member States before October 7 when provisional duties on leather shoes are due to expire.

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