European shoe producers look set to follow suit of textile makers in pushing the EU to limit imports of Chinese goods.

Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese industry groups are expected to lobby for safeguard quotas on imports of Chinese leather shoes on 15 June, Italy's National Footwear Association was quoted by Dow Jones as saying.

French, Greek and Polish footwear makers are also reported to be preparing a plea to limit trade.

EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson has said that he might limit imports of Chinese T- shirts and flax yarn as early as next week.

Mandelson added that he is also considering holding official negotiations with China on seven other categories of textile goods and is monitoring imports of an additional 11 categories.