The South African Footwear and Leather Industries Forum's application to increase the rate of specific duties on certain footwear tariff lines has been met with strong criticism from footwear importers whose stipulated six-week period for lodging objections is now drawing to a close.According to a notice published in the Government Gazette at the end of September, the forum has applied for an increase of tariffs on footwear with outer soles and uppers of rubber or plastics from 35 per cent or 30 per cent ad valorem or R5 per pair to 35 per cent or 30 per cent or R12.