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Prolong anti-dumping measures - ANCI & CEC

Sep '08
ANCI and CEC urge for the prolongation of the anti-dumping measures against imports of leather footwear from China and Vietnam and are determined to pursue with legal actions if the Commission rejects the request for review of the expiry of the existing anti-dumping measures on October 6.

We believe that the opinion given by the Anti-Dumping Committee on September 17 concerning the Commission's proposal to initiate an expiry review with regard to anti-dumping measures against footwear with leather uppers from China and Vietnam is not only completely unfounded but also legally and economically flaw.

The European industry still suffers heavily from the continued dumped imports from China and Vietnam on the European market, and has never fully recovered from the prejudice caused by these dumped imports.

Indeed, merely two years of anti-dumping duties did not suffice for the European footwear industry to recover from the prejudice caused on the European market, despite the efforts made by the industry itself.

In fact, the dumping of the leather footwear on the European market has never stopped, as was proven by CEC in its request filed to the Commission.

Even worse, the existing anti-dumping measures were circumvented by imports from Macau, which obliged the Commission to step up.

Where in the case of leather footwear it was the first time anti-dumping measures were only imposed for two years, it has been proved that this has clearly not been enough for the European Industry to recover from the substantial prejudice it suffered and still suffers.

ANCI and CEC are deeply shocked by the fact that the Anti-Dumping Committee only seemed to have taken into account the private interest of a few companies with big lobbying campaigns, while bluntly putting aside the detrimental impact which a negative decision would have for the whole of the European footwear industry.

According to CEC it can by no means be justified that the future of a whole industry is ignored and denied, especially not at a moment in time when society is faced with economic problems on world scale.

ANCI and CEC confirm that the current anti-dumping measures did not have any effect on the European consumers, and will never have.

From the statements from BEUC - The European Consumers' Organisation - it seems they were wrongly informed by the retailers, obviously working together with the Chinese and Vietnamese Importers.

Given the high interests at stake for the European footwear industry, CEC has already instructed its legal advisors to explore all legal actions that can be introduced to suspend or annul a decision not to open an investigation on this issue on the part of the Commission, and will certainly not refrain from taking such action.

CEC will put everything into place to limit the drastic economic impact for the European footwear industry, including a demand for damages.

However, ANCI and CEC still remain confident that the Commission will take up its responsibilities and open the expiry review, notwithstanding the enormous pressure some well-known companies have put on the delegates of the Member States in the Anti-Dumping Committee.

ANCI (Associazione Nazionale Calzaturifici Italiani)

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