China hauls EU to the World Trade Organization in dispute over Chinese shoes

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GENEVA - The World Trade Organization says China has launched an unfair trade case against the European Union over the 27-nation bloc's duties on Chinese shoes.
The dispute concerns an EU decision in December to extend trade charges on Chinese and Vietnamese leather shoes by 15 months to protect European shoemakers.
China has complained about the antidumping duties, which it says are protectionist and damaging to free trade. European importers and retailers had also called for an end to the charges, saying they cost shoppers millions of euros (dollars.)
The WTO said Beijing filed its complaint Thursday.
The WTO can authorize punitive trade sanctions against countries found to be breaking international commerce rules.

Organizations: World Trade Organization, European Union

Geographic location: China, GENEVA, Beijing

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