EU countries have once again failed to find a solution to the alleged dumping of Chinese and Vietnamese shoes.

While the UK, the Netherlands and Scandinavia continue to rally against the proposal of a 16.5% duty on Chinese shoes and a 10% one on Vietnamese ones, elsewhere countries such as Italy and France insist duties are necessary for fair trade.

"The member states had strongly divided views on the matter," said European Commission spokesman Peter Power, according to AFP, after yet another meeting in Brussels yesterday (20 September).

Those opposing the duties say they are unnecessarily, protectionist and against free trade principals.

The deadline for a decision on duties is now 6 October.