After a nine month investigation, Brazil has concluded that Vietnamese footwear manufacturers are not evading anti-dumping duties, according to Vietnam’s Competition Management Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

The department came to this conclusion after officials from Brazil’s Department of Commercial Defence (DECOM) had investigated and interviewed two of Brazil’s biggest importers, as well as 11 Indonesian and Vietnamese export companies, according to the Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper.

On October 4 last year, DECOM initiated an investigation after the Brazilian Footwear Industries Association filed a complaint against Chinese footwear exports. The complaint said Chinese footwear was entering Brazil via a third country, including Vietnam and Indonesia, to evade the anti-dumping tariffs levied on Chinese shoes.

Chinese footwear exports to Brazil have paid an average anti-dumping tax of 13.85 USD per pair of shoes since March 2010.

Brazil’s Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade said that in the first eight months of 2011, Vietnam exported almost 119 million USD worth of footwear products to Brazil, accounting for 28 percent of all footwear imports to the South American country./.