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With momentum from the United States, shoe exports grew 68% through April

Footwear exports continue in an uptrend. Data prepared by the Brazilian Association of footwear industries (Abicalçados) indicate that, between January and April, 53.72 million pairs were shipped abroad, for which US$ 434.65 million were paid, increases both in volume (+32.6%) and in revenue (+68.2) in relation to the same period last year. In comparison with the same pre-pandemic interval, in 2019, growth is 24.8% in pairs and 26.7% in revenue. In April alone, 13 million pairs were shipped, which generated US$ 114 million, up 52.4% in volume and 75.4% in revenue in relation to the same month of 2021. According to Abicalçados, it is the best result for April in 14 years.

The chief executive of Abicalçados, Haroldo Ferreira, points out that the increase in exports to the United States was fundamental to the positive performance. In April, 2.5 million pairs were shipped there, which generated US$ 30.57 million, up 147.2% and 130.3%, respectively, compared to the same month of 2021. “Our historic main destination, the United States has a very important impact on the export scale. There is a movement of repositioning in the US market, so that the United States is less dependent on Asian imports. Logistical problems, evidenced by the Covid-19 pandemic, especially with regard to freight costs, and the surcharge to Chinese footwear, were decisive for this movement. In addition, the North American consumer is increasingly looking for footwear produced within the concepts of ESG, a market in which our product stands out in the international scenario”, evaluates the chief executive, noting that, today, shoe exports to that location account for more than 30% of the total (in revenue generated). For the four months of the year, the sector's exports to the United States increased 100% in volume and 122.7% in revenue (to 8.52 million pairs and US$ 119.3 million).

Ferreira also highlights the increase in average prices for exported footwear, returning to the levels practiced in 2019, after drops over the last two years. In the quarter, the average value was US$ 8.80 per pair shipped abroad. “The sector has been consolidating its position in international trade, while managing to recover the average price, measured in dollars,” he says.

Argentina
Argentina has also been a pleasant surprise for the shoes. With a gradual increase in imports of Brazilian shoes since the cooling of the Covid-19 pandemic, in the first quarter of the year Argentina bought 5.4 million green-yellow pairs, generating US$ 57.4 million in currency, 70% and 100.4% increments compared to the same interval of 2021 and the best result of the historical series started in 1997. Picking only the month of April, the hermanos imported 2.2 million Brazilian pairs, for which US$ 21.22 million were paid, up 131.5% and 156.3% compared to the fourth month of 2021. “Brazil represented 48% of all pairs of shoes imported by Argentina in the first four months of the year, 13 percentage points more market share as compared to the pre-pandemic period, in 2019”, informs Ferreira.

With growth lower than that recorded by the first two destinations of Brazilian footwear abroad, France appears in the third position among importers of the national footwear sector. In the quarter, shoe exports to France totaled 3.68 million pairs, which generated US$ 25.53 million, an increase of 33.4% in volume and 31% in dollars compared to the same period last year. Considering only the month of April, the French added the import of 571,8 thousand Brazilian pairs, for which they were paid US$ 5 million, increases of 9.2% and 0.4%, respectively, compared to month four last year.

RS, CE and SP are the main exporters
In the quarter, the main origin of footwear exports was Rio Grande do Sul. Accounting for almost 46% of the value generated by the sector's shipments, Gaucho footwear factories sent abroad 14.78 million pairs, which generated US$ 198.2 million, increases both in volume (+51%) and in revenue (+77%) compared to the same four months of 2021. In April alone, Gaucho footwear companies shipped 4 million pairs, for which they received US$ 52.42 million, an increase of 52.2% and 74% compared to the same month last year.

The second main origin of footwear shipments in the period was Ceara. Between January and April, 17.2 million pairs departed from that state, for which US$ 101.55 million were paid, increases of 25.8% and 47% compared to the same interval last year. Considering only the month of April, the Cearense exports totaled 3.2 million pairs for US$ 22.75 million, up 59.8% and 70.2%, respectively, compared to month four of 2021.
In the third place among shoe exporters appears Sao Paulo. In the year to date, the Paulista factories shipped 3.26 million pairs, for which they received US$ 41.15 million, increases of 17.4% and 48.7% compared to the same period of 2021. In April, Paulista exports totaled 1 million pairs and US$ 11.53 million, increases of 25.8% and 52.8% compared to the same month last year.

The fourth largest exporter of 2022 is Paraiba. In the quarter, exports from that state totaled 8.86 million pairs and US$ 29.16 million, up 7.2% and 57.7%, respectively, compared to the same interim of 2021. In April, there were 2.18 million pairs and US$ 7.9 million, increases of 41.6% and 104.6%, respectively, compared to the same month last year.