Stefaan Depypere, an official from the trade defense department of the European Commission, went to Vietnam to discuss the EU’s anti-dumping duties on imports from that country with representatives from the government and the footwear industry. He said an announcement would come later. Separately, the Vietnam Leather and Footwear Association (LEFASO) has filed a document with the EU opposing the 10 percent duties, which were enacted in 2006. Vietnam exported 120 million pairs of leather in 2005, but that dropped to 107 million pairs in 2006 and to 91 million pairs in 2007. LEFASO says the tariffs affect 500,000 Vietnamese workers. It has hired a Belgian lawyer to argue its case.