The Chinese Leather Association is currently in negotiations with nine leather footwear companies that are being probed as a sample survey in EU anti-dumping investigations, Chinese media reports said.

The association says it is working with the businesses in order to give feedback to the EU, which made the decision to launch investigations earlier this month.

According to the reports, the sample incorporates five companies based in the Guangdong Province, two in the Fujian Province, one in the Zhejiang Province and one in the Liaoning Province

All nine are large-scale providers of shoes to buyers domestically and overseas.

The EU is expected to reveal the results of the sampling exercise this week.