House of Lords written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What are the implications for the consumer and for trade and employment in the United Kingdom of the 20 per cent duty imposed by the European Union on footwear from China and Vietnam.

Photo of Lord Sainsbury of Turville Lord Sainsbury of Turville Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Trade and Industry) (Science and Innovation)

When the provisional anti-dumping duty is fully imposed in September this year at a rate of 19.4 per cent for China and 16.8 per cent for Vietnam, the European Commission estimates that it will add approximately €1.50 (about £1) per pair to the import price of certain footwear with uppers of leather, based on an average import price of €8.50 per pair. Special technology athletic footwear (STAF), children's footwear and footwear with a protective toecap have been excluded from the duty. Sports footwear and indoor footwear will continue to remain free from anti-dumping duty, as they were not subject to the anti-dumping investigation.

The precise impact on trade, employment and consumers will depend on the extent to which supply and distribution chains are able to or choose to absorb the duty and this is not yet clear.

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