Shoe Manufacturers Association of Canada files anti-dumping complaint against China and Vietnam



    MONTREAL, Feb. 2 /CNW/ - The Shoe Manufacturers Association of Canada
(SMAC) has filed a complaint based on the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA)
with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). SMAC is requesting that CBSA
re-investigate pricing of waterproof rubber footwear and bottoms exported or
originating from the People's Republic of China and Vietnam.
    "It is important to Canada to foster a fair and competitive marketplace
and protect our domestic shoe industry," said George Hanna, president, SMAC.
"Rubber footwear from these countries accounts for more than 25 million
dollars in sales a year in Canada."
    SMAC has filed previous complaints regarding Vietnamese and Chinese
footwear imported to Canada with CBSA. The complaint in Canada was filed on
behalf of Canada's waterproof rubber footwear manufacturers. Recently the
European Union, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Peru are investigating or taking
anti-dumping action into Vietnamese imported footwear. According to global
market research, Vietnam and China are the largest exporters of footwear in
the world.

    The Anti-dumping and Countervailing Program, managed by CBSA, was put in
place to provide help to Canadian manufacturers who face unfair foreign
competition in the Canadian market place. The CBSA is responsible for the
administration of the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA), which helps to
protect Canadian industry from injury caused by the dumping and subsidizing of
imported goods.





For further information:

For further information: George Hanna, President, T: (514) 457-3436, C:
(514) 242-0500

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