Brazil | 19/05/2022

Brazil at its best. Footwear exports continue to grow

First four-month period 2022: they increased 32.6% in volume and 68.2% in turnover. Main buyers: United States and Argentina.

​The competitiveness of the Brazilian industry and the international situation enhance this sustained growth. (Photo: ABICALÇADOS)

According to data prepared by the Brazilian Footwear Industries Association -ABICALÇADOS-, between January and April of this year, 53.7 million pairs were sold abroad, for which US$ 465.6 million were paid, which represented an increase of 32.6% in quantity and 68.2% in turnover, compared to the same period in 2021.

In the month of April alone, 13 million pairs were shipped for an amount of US$ 114 million, an increase of 52.4% in volume and 75.4% in turnover, compared to the same period in 2021. According to the entity of shoemakers "was the best result in April in 14 years."

The United States

For Haroldo Ferreira, executive president of ABICALÇADOS, “the United States is our main historical destination, it has a very important impact on the balance of exports. There is a movement to reposition the US market so that the US becomes less dependent on Asian imports. The logistical problems, evidenced by the Covid-19 pandemic, especially with regard to freight costs, and the surcharge on Chinese footwear, were decisive for this movement. In addition, the North American consumer is increasingly looking for footwear produced within ESG (environmental sustainability) concepts, a market in which our product stands out on the international stage”.

In the first four months of 2022, footwear exports to the United States grew 100% in volume and 122.7% in value, which represented 8.5 million pairs and US$ 119.3 million, respectively, compared to the same period of 2021.


They continue to be a pleasant surprise for Brazilian factories, purchases from the neighboring country. In the first four-month period of 2022, Argentina bought 5.4 million pairs worth US$ 57.4 million, which meant an increase of 70% and 100.4%, respectively, compared to the same period in 2021.

According to ABICALÇADOS, 48% of the footwear imported by Argentina in the first four months are of Brazilian origin, achieving a 13% increase in market share, in relation to the period prior to the pandemic, in 2019.

Source: Press Office/ABICALÇADOS

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