The European Committee has named eight Vietnamese footwear companies to be probed for anti-dumping practices, according to a report by the Vietnam News Agency.

The Vietnam Leather and Footwear Association has reportedly selected foreign-invested companies Pou Yuen Viet Nam, Pou Chen Viet Nam, Taekwang Vina and Kainan, and locally-invested Company No 32, Dona Biti's, Binh Tien Import Export Company, and Hai Phong Leather and Footwear Company.

Selected from a total of 100 local companies, the chosen shoemakers have been ordered to respond to EC questionnaires within 30 days and get ready for on-the-spot questioning.

The EC launched the investigation after the European Confederation of Footwear Industry demanded action on alleged exports of unfairly low-priced shoes.

Business picked will be landed with hefty anti-dumping fines should they fail to follow the EC's instructions.