Footwear exports have already totaled 75.2 million pairs

Footwear exports continue to recover, with almost the same volume of pairs shipped as during the same period in 2019. Data prepared by the Brazilian Footwear Industries Association (Abicalçados) indicate that 9.3 million pairs were exported in August, generating USD 78 million, increases of 28.2% in volume and 34.9% in revenues in comparison with the same month last year. With the result, from January to August, footwear factories totaled the shipment of 75.2 million pairs, which generated USD 541.34 million, increases of 33.4% in volume and 23.9% in revenues in relation to the same period in 2020. Compared to January and August 2019, the decrease in pairs is only 0.2%, while in revenues the decrease reaches 16.7% – which is explained by the exchange rate variation during the period since footwear manufacturers sell shoes with lower average prices. 

Abicalçados' executive president, Haroldo Ferreira, points out that recovery has been underway in the international market. This process is led by the United States, the main destination for Brazilian shoes abroad. “Imports of Brazilian shoes by the United States are already 14% higher than pre-pandemic levels. For six consecutive months, there has been an increase in pairs exported to that country compared to 2019,” he celebrates. Conversely, he highlights that imports to some European countries, especially France – the third main international destination for Brazilian shoes – have been decreasing due to the new wave of Covid-19. "Therefore, the scenario is still uncertain to talk about a total recovery, given the losses of 2020. There needs to be a continuous demand," the executive says.

The main destination of Brazilian shoes abroad is still the United States. Between January and August, 9.13 million pairs were shipped to that country for USD 133.44 million, increases of 55% in volume and 40% in revenue compared to the same period last year. 

The second destination of Brazilian shoes during the period from January to August was Argentina, where 7.76 million pairs were shipped for USD 69.23 million, increases of 84.4% in volume and 59.8% in revenue in relation to the same period in 2020. 

Ranking third among the main destinations, during the eight months France purchased 4.38 million pairs for USD 39.23 million, increases of 2.7% in both cases compared to the same period last year. 

The state of Rio Grande do Sul is still the main footwear exporter in Brazil in 2021. Between January and August, factories from the state shipped 19.41 million pairs, generating USD 239.87 million, increases of 41.6% in volume and 22.1% in revenues compared to the same period last year. During the period, exports from the state accounted for over 44% of the revenues generated by the shipments throughout Brazil. 

The second largest exporter during the period was the state of Ceará. Between January and August, 22.56 million pairs left the state, generating USD 127.25 million, increases of 23.6% and 17.6%, respectively, compared to the corresponding period in 2020. 

The third largest exporter in 2021 was the state of São Paulo. In the eight months, footwear manufacturers from the state of São Paulo shipped 5.47 million pairs, for which they received USD 57.94 million, increases of 28.6% in volume and 29.8% in revenues compared to the same period last year.