The European Union (EU) has launched a new round of anti-dumping
investigations into a range of leather shoes from China and
Vietnam, according to news posted on the official website of the
China Leather Association on Thursday.
This anti-dumping probe, which covers a range of shoes with
leather vamps excluding professional sport shoes, slippers and
other indoor shoes, could be a big blow to Chinese
The association has called on concerned enterprises to follow
the developments and be prepared to respond.
This action would be a second EU anti-dumping charge in a month
against footwear originating in China. A dumping probe into two
categories of work safety shoes was launched by the EU on June 30
at the request of, in particular, Italian and Spanish shoe
It is also likely that the EU might launch future dumping
charges against footwear materials from China.
The European Commission claims that six categories of Chinese
shoes, which were put under its inspection mechanism in February,
experienced a great surge in production quantity resulting in unit
price declines in recent months.
However, statistics from China's General Administration of
Customs (GAC) shows that China's footwear exports to the EU stood
at 257 million pairs in the first three months this year, up 2.8
percent year-on-year. The total value of the products was US$726
million in the period, up 30.8 percent year-on-year.
Made-in-China plastic bags and sacks have also been dragged into
the spotlight. Responding to the EU's June 30 statement that it
will launch an anti-dumping investigation into certain plastic bags
and sacks made in China, Malaysia and Thailand, some Chinese
enterprises concerned have been actively preparing their case,
according to Liu Jianli, a lawyer with the Beijing-based Allbright
"So far, eight to nine enterprises have called us for
consultations," Liu told China Daily on Wednesday.
Companies involved in the investigations have to submit the
information required to the EU within 15 days.
There are 1,000 to 2,000 enterprises in China that produce and
export plastic-based bags and sacks to the EU.
Most of the companies involved are located in Guangdong,
Shangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces.
This complaint was initiated by 30 European manufacturers who
are responsible for some 25 percent of the bloc's total
The products under investigation are plastic sacks and bags from
China containing at least 20 percent polyethylene and with a
thickness not exceeding 100 micrometers.
The European Commission has a maximum of 15 months to conclude
Last year, it was alleged that China had dumped plastic bags and
sacks on the US. As a result, duties of up to 77.03 percent were
In related news, the China Home Textile Association said in a
statement on Wednesday that curtain makers in the United States
cannot justify their calls for measures to be taken against Chinese
The association denied US allegations of surging Chinese exports
into the US.
The growth rate for China's curtains exports to American
consumers has actually experienced an annual decline since quotas
on curtains were eliminated between World Trade Organization (WTO)
members in 2002, the association explained.
Meanwhile, Chinese companies' unit export prices to the US have
been going up.
Statistics from the GAC indicate the country exported some 59
million curtain pieces to the US in the first four months of this
year, up about 30 percent over the previous year. The total value
stood at US$183 million, reflecting a year-on-year increase of over
Therefore, the association said exports to the US were moving
back toward a mild growth rate after restrictions on such products
had been lifted.
The association stressed that shrinkage in the US curtain making
industry was a natural consequence of global adjustments in the
textile industry rather than pressure from Chinese
If pre-emptive measures are implemented, they will not only hurt
China's curtain making industry, which employs more than 1 million
people, but also hurt the interests of US customers, importers as
well as US curtain companies that have investments in China.
The association called on the US government and associations to
find a solution to trade frictions over curtains as well as other
categories of textiles through direct consultations with China.
In the last nine years, China has been the target of the most
anti-dumping cases in the world.
In 2004, 31 dumping investigations were launched against China
by the developed countries, up 20 percent from the previous year.
The cases covered a large range of products from furniture, to
shoes, to textiles.
China's foreign trade volume crossed the US$1 trillion mark last
(China Daily, China.org.cn July 7, 2005)