Viet Nam Seeks Reduced EU Tariffs

Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Le Dzung

Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Le Dzung expressed the country’s hope for the removal of the EC’s anti-dumping tariff on Vietnam’s leather-shoe exporting industry.

"As we have mentioned many times, Viet Nam’s leather-shoe export industry plays a very important role in the nation’s economy, and Vietnamese shoemakers do not dump their products in the European Union (EU) market," Mr. Le Dzung said at a regular press meeting of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thursday.

"The temporary anti-dumping tariff, imposed by the European Commission (EC) since April 2006, has been detrimental to the country’s economic development and poverty-alleviation," he added.

He reiterated that the policy was somewhat contradictory. "The EC’s proposal to impose an anti-dumping tariff against leather-shoes imported from Viet Nam has worked against the trade liberalization policy, which was initiated and strongly supported by the EC."

Viet Nam's leather-shoe exporting industry plays a very important role in the country's development. (Photo:TK)

According to the spokesman, the proposal only aims to protect the interests of some low competitive European manufacturers and causes serious losses to the majority of consumers and retail distributors.

"As far as we know, most of EU economic members raised their voices against the proposal when the EC introduced it to the Anti-dumping Committee at the end of July, 2006," said Mr. Dzung.

"Based on the fine multi-sectoral cooperation between Viet Nam and the EU, the developing rate of Vietnamese economy and society, and negative influences of the dumping lawsuit and interests of many EU leather-shoe manufacturing enterprises working in Viet Nam, we hope that the EC will change its decision and discontinue the tariff and any other anti-dumping measures on Vietnamese products," Mr. Dzung concluded.

By B.H – Translated by Trong Khuong

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