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Footwear exports have already exceeded pre-pandemic levels

Data prepared by the Brazilian Association of Footwear Industries (Abicalçados) indicate that, in November, 11.68 million pairs were shipped, which generated USD 93.2 million, higher results both in volume (+22.3%) and in revenue (+74.5%) compared to the same month last year. In comparison with November 2019, therefore in the pre-pandemic time, the result is also higher, by 39% (volume) and 33% (revenue). With the result, in the accumulated stats from January to November 2021 the footwear sector added the shipment of 110.77 million pairs, which generated USD 805.7 million, increases both in volume (+31%) and revenue (+34.6%) in relation to the same period of 2020. In comparison with the same range in 2019, the results are 5.6% higher in volume and 9.6% lower in revenue.

The CEO of Abicalçados, Haroldo Ferreira, highlights that footwear exports are recovering, with more strength from the second semester. "The advance of vaccination in our main international markets and the consequent cooling of Covid-19 has been fundamental to the resumption. The speed of recovery has been a surprise and is a great indicator to begin 2022 with the right foot”, evaluates the executive. According to him, the volume of shoes exported in 2021 is already higher than 2019 in 77 destination countries, out of the more than 160 countries that import the Brazilian product. Another positive fact of the result is the increase in shipments of leather shoes, with greater added value, which has increased the average price of Brazilian footwear abroad. "In November, exports of leather shoes were much higher than the overall average. There was an increase of 83.5% in volume and 103.2% in revenue in relation to the same month of 2020”, he says. Currently, leather shoes represent almost 40% of the export tariff of the footwear sector, in revenue generated.

Destination
In November, the main historic destination of Brazilian footwear abroad has made an important contribution to the good results. During the month, 1.8 million pairs were shipped to the United States, for which USD 26.8 million were paid, significant increases both in volume (+138.8%) and in revenue (+210.6%) compared to the same month last year. With this, in the accumulated from January to November, the Americans added the import of 13.55 million pairs, which generated USD 204.36 million, high of 59.2% in volume and 61.3% in revenue in relation to the same interim of 2020.

Second destination of Brazilian footwear abroad, Argentina imported, in November, 1 million pairs, for which it paid USD 8.54 million, increases both in volume (+35%) and revenue (+38.5%) in relation to the same month of 2020. In the cumulative 11 months, the hermanos have added up to the import of 11.8 million pairs, for which USD 100.9 million were paid, highs of 67.5% and 52.2%, respectively, compared to the same period last year.

The third destination of Brazilian footwear abroad was France. In November, 907.4 thousand pairs were shipped there, which generated USD 6.3 million, highs of 7% in volume and 0.6% in revenue in relation to the same month of 2020. In the 11 months, the French imported 7 million pairs, for which were paid USD 56.6 million, highs of 9.8% and 8.7%, respectively, before the same range last year.

RS boosted results
Traditionally the largest exporter of Brazilian footwear, in revenue generated, in November Rio Grande do Sul has exported 3.78 million pairs, which generated USD 46.84 million, high both in volume (+88.3%) and revenue (+106.8%) in relation to November 2020. In the cumulative 11 months, the Gaucho factories totaled 29.55 million pairs shipped, which generated USD 363.76 million, increments of 48% and 36.3%, respectively, compared to the same interval last year.

The second largest exporter of footwear in November was Ceará. In the 11th month, 2.82 million pairs were sent to international destinations from the Ceará factories, which generated USD 17 million, a decrease of 28.8% in volume and an increase of 15% in revenue in relation to the corresponding month of 2020. With the result, in the accumulated from January to November, Ceará boarded 32.78 million pairs, which generated USD184 million, increases both in volume (12%) and in revenue (+21,8%) compared to the same period last year.

São Paulo was the third largest exporter in November. In the month, the São Paulo factories shipped 751.7 thousand pairs, which generated USD 10.35 million, high both in volume (+43.3%) and revenue (+120.4%) in relation to November 2020. In the accumulated 11 months, São Paulo added the shipment of 7.57 million pairs for USD 85.32 million, increases of 30% and 42%, respectively, compared to the same interval last year.

The fourth exporting state in November was Minas Gerais, from where 1 million pairs left, which generated USD 5.26 million, high in volume (+72%) and revenue (+120.7%) in relation to the same month of 2020. With the result, in the accumulated Minas factories added the shipment of 21.2 million pairs for USD 52.9 million, increments of 25.2% and 9%, respectively, compared to the corresponding period last year.

Imports
Between January and November, shoe imports totaled 20.4 million pairs, for which USD 267 million were paid, drops of 17.5% and 10.6%, respectively, compared to the same period of 2020. The main origins remain the Asian countries, Vietnam, Indonesia and China.

In parts of footwear - upper, insoles, heels, soles, etc. - imports, in the cumulative year, totaled USD 22 million, 22.8% more than in the same period last year. The main origins were Paraguay, China and Vietnam.