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Footwear exports total USD 886 million in 2019

Data gathered by the Brazilian Footwear Industries Association (Abicalçados) indicates that 104.2 million pairs of shoes were shipped between January and November this year. They generated USD 886.3 million. The increases correspond to 3.8% in volume and 0.9% in revenues in comparison with the same period of 2018.

Abicalçados' executive president, Haroldo Ferreira, highlights that the result was mainly influenced by the trade war between the United States and China – and consequently the slowdown of the international economy – and the crisis in Argentina. According to him, a more significant increase was expected at the beginning of the year, especially because the 2018 basis is very weak. "Nonetheless, due to the instabilities in the global economy, this ended up not happening," he laments.

Main destination of Brazilian shipments between January and November this year, the United States imported 10.86 million pairs for USD 181.66 million, a 26.5% increase in volume and a 28.2% increase in revenues in relation to the same period of 2018.

The second destination was Argentina. In the eleven months of the year, 9.32 million pairs were shipped to that country. They generated USD 98.32 million, decreases both in volume (-18.3%) and in revenues (-27%) in comparison with the same period last year.

With positive results both in revenues (4.1%) and in volume (9.8%), France was the third destination of Brazilian shoes abroad. Between January and November, the French imported 7 million pairs for USD 52.47 million.

Rio Grande do Sul tops the ranking of exporters
The state of Rio Grande do Sul still tops the ranking of Brazilian footwear exports. Between January and November, manufacturers from that state shipped 27.9 million pairs, generating USD 407 million, 12.5% and 4.5% increases, respectively, in comparison with the same period of 2018.

The second origin of Brazilian footwear exports during the period was the state of Ceará, with the shipment of 34.57 million pairs for USD 210.13 million, decreases both in volume (-3%) and in revenues (-2.5%) in relation to last year.

São Paulo ranked third, shipping 7.17 million pairs for USD 96.24 million, a 10% increase in volume and a 0.3% decrease in revenues compared to the eleven months last year.

With the largest increase among the main origins of exports, the state of Paraíba ranks fourth with the shipment of 18.2 million pairs and USD 62 million, 16% and 17.6% increases, respectively, compared to 2018.

Imports
Footwear imports also increased over the eleven months of the year. Between January and November, Brazil received 26 million pairs, for which USD 345.16 million were paid, 3.5% and 5.2% increases, respectively, compared to the same period of 2018. The main origins of imports during the period were Vietnam, from where 11 million pairs were shipped to Brazil for USD 171.7 million (3.3% and 6.2% decreases, respectively, compared to the same period last year); Indonesia, with 4.5 million pairs and USD 72.33 million (17.9% and 18.4% increases); and China, with 7.65 million pairs and USD 44.4 million (6.2% and 30% increases).

In footwear parts – uppers, insoles, soles, heels etc. – the equivalent to USD 28.27 million were imported between January and November, a 37% decrease compared to 2018. The main origins were China, Vietnam, and Paraguay.