The Footwear Association of Importers and Retail Chains (FAIR) and other opponents of the European anti-dumping duties confirmed earlier this month for leather shoes imported from China and Vietnam have not yet made any decision on what to do on the legal side to try to reverse them, turning their threats into action, but they are collecting evidence to support their arguments.

The Chinese government has threatened retaliatory measures, claiming that the European Union has not respected its own anti-dumping procedures as well as those laid down by the World Trade Organization, but has not followed suit yet. The same claim has been made by a large private Chinese shoe manufacturing group from Wenzhou, Aokang, which has publicly threatened to take the issue to the European Court of Justice, noting that it was not among the companies checked by the European Commission’s investigators.

A lawsuit is also being launched there by Lemaître, challenging the European Commission’s decision to drop anti-dumping proceedings against China and India with regard to the safety shoes that it produces in France. Lemaître claims that the decision was politically motivated, although it seems that the original complaint was not sufficiently precise.

Meanwhile the Italian shoe industry association, ANCI, is preparing a new fight to try to impose labels of origin on shoes imported into the EU. It was going to launch a media campaign on the issue, particularly in Germany, but it is waiting first for a meeting later this week with Italian Trade Minister Emma Bonino.