December 22, 2009
The EU Ministers yesterday extended the antidumping duties on footwear imports from China and Vietnam for a further 15 months as of January 2010. In 2006, the EU imposed a two-year anti-dumping duty of 16.5 % on Chinese leather shoes.
It is not for me to comment on the legal correctness of this decision. However, it casts the Union in a bad light in two respects. First, the opaque horse-trading way such decisions are taken. Second, the absence of strategy. Anti-dumping measures give the domestic industry time to restructure; the possibility of extensions discourages it from concentrating on improving its competitivity.
The agony of the uncompetitiveness of the industry is prolonged until the duty ends, at which point the industry is not in a position to cope with the competitors.
It is, of course the consumer who pays higher prices.
“The European consumer organisation BEUC strongly opposed the decision. “Facing already tough economic times European consumers do not need an extension of the duties, artificially inflating consumer prices, but their removal. A decision to continue antidumping duties on Chinese and Vietnamese shoes is anti-consumer, anti-trade and anti-competition.”
.Author : Stanley Crossick