Vietnam’s National Association of Italian Footwear Manufacturers (ANCI) is planning to ask the European Union to renew anti-dumping  tariffs on non-athletic leather shoes exported to the EU from China and Vietnam, the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade reported yesterday.

The 10 per cent anti-dumping tariff, due to expire on October 7 this year, was introduced in 2006 after the EC ruled leather shoes from Vietnam and China were being sold at “unfair prices” in the European market.

The anti-dumping measures were roundly criticised by exporting nations in 2006. Since then, however, EU attempts to lesson the impact of its anti-dumping policies have fallen flat as politicians across Europe, faced with weakening economies, have grown more sensitive to complaints from manufacturers.

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