Footwear dumping by China

6 February 2002

The government has been considering the issue of Chinese footwear in Pakistan and intends to take anti-dumping measures, the federal commerce minister Abdul Razak Dawood has announced. 'We are monitoring the dumping of Chinese footwear in our market', the minister said at a press briefing at the Export Promotion Bureau. He also disclosed that the government has received two other applications on dumping but refused to identify the products and the countries involved, saying 'we are in the process of putting in place an anti-dumping law, a mechanism to proceed and take action.' Pakistan has never before taken anti-dumping measures against any country and, therefore, 'we want to be sure of our own skills in anti-dumping proceedings before we make public the products and the countries. 'China's entry into the World Trade Organisation is both a challenge and an opportunity for Pakistan', Razak Dawood said, while pointing out that China now has access to all WTO member markets. 'But China also offers a market of $240 billion a year.'

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