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Footwear exports increase for the second month in a row

Data gathered by the Brazilian Footwear Industries Association (Abicalçados) indicates that exports in the industry in February totaled USD 61.58 million, with 9.97 million pairs shipped. The results are higher both in volume (+2.5%) and in revenues (+1.1%) in relation to January, when an increase had already been registered compared with December 2020 (+5%). However, when compared with the results referring to February 2020, the data still indicates decreases of 5.9% in volume and 18.1% in revenues. In the first two months of 2021, footwear exports totaled 19.7 million pairs and USD 122.52 million, decreases of 14.7% and 26.4%, respectively, compared with the same period last year.

Abicalçados' executive president, Haroldo Ferreira, points out that the data points to a slow recovery since the beginning of the pandemic, in 2020. “We have reached the best result since April last year. However, if we compare it with the same two months of 2020, when we still had not felt the effects of the new coronavirus pandemic, there is a setback," the leader explains.

According to him, next month the industry will likely still report a decrease compared with 2020, before effectively starting to make a more substantial recovery. "This depends on the continuity of the immunization process around the world and on life returning to normal, especially with regard to the demand for shoes, products that were left aside during the crisis," he projects.

Destinations
In the first two months of the year, the main destination for Brazilian shoes was the United States, to which 2 million pairs were exported for USD 26.32 million, an increase of 4.7% in volume and a decrease of 21% in revenues in relation to the same period in 2020.

The second destination during the period was France, to where 1.36 million pairs were shipped for USD 11 million, decreases of 22.9% and 11.7%, respectively, compared with the corresponding period last year.

The third destination of the two-month period was Argentina, to where 1.19 million pairs were shipped for USD 10.16 million, decreases of 8.3% and 27.1%, respectively, in relation to 2020.

Exporting states
The main exporter of shoes in the two months was the state of Rio Grande do Sul. During the period, footwear manufacturers from the state shipped 4.3 million pairs, for which USD 51.75 million were paid, decreases of 14.7% and 26.9%, respectively, compared with 2020.

The second exporter during the period was Ceará, from where 8 million pairs were shipped, generating USD 37.56 million, decreases of 17% and 28.5%, respectively, in comparison with the same interval in 2020.

Paraíba ranked third among the exporters. In the two months, footwear manufacturers from the state shipped 3.84 million pairs, which generated USD 8.62 million, decreases of 4.5% and 11.6%, respectively, compared with the same period last year.


Imports from China increased by 22%

Even though footwear imports in general registered a decrease, imports from China increased by 22.1% in volume in the two-month period, compared with the same period in 2020. Imports of Chinese products totaled 2.2 million pairs for USD 7.15 million, resulting in a decrease of 24% in dollars in relation to the same interim last year. “China recovered before from the crisis caused by the coronavirus. Now they are spawning their products all over the world, with prices well below those set by the market, consisting in unfair competition," says Ferreira, stressing that therefore the renewal of the anti-dumping tariff against Chinese shoes is essential.

Overall, footwear imports in February totaled 1.99 million pairs and USD 21.8 million, decreases of 20.6% in volume and 24.9% in revenues compared with the same month last year.  In the two-month period, imports reached 3.97 million pairs, for which USD 42.94 million were paid, decreases both in volume (-24.8%) and in revenues (-38.1%) in relation to the same period last year.

In addition to China, the main origins of imports in the two months were: Vietnam (1.18 million pairs and USD 23.34 million, decreases of 49.6% and 41.6%, respectively, compared with the same period last year) and Indonesia (319.26 thousand pairs and USD 5.28 million, decreases of 47.2% and 47.4%).

In footwear parts – uppers, heels, soles, insoles, etc. – imports in the two months totaled USD 3.5 million, 28.6% less than in 2020. The main origins were China, Paraguay, and Vietnam.