EU Endorses Duties On Footwear
BRUSSELS, Belgium - The EU endorsed plans by its trade chief for import duties on Asian leather shoes. The plan says imports of Chinese and Vietnamese-made leather shoes will be subject to tariffs of 16.5% and 10% respectively. The European Commission is legally obliged to make a proposal and remains confident in the legal merits of the current proposal. The current proposal was rejected by a narrow margin by Member States at advisory level. It will now return to Member States for a legally binding vote. Member States may be asked to explain the legal rationale for their votes.
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