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Footwear exports from Brazil to Arab countries rose 23.8% year to date through July from the same period last year, with the rise amounting to a combined $35.16 million USD. According to the Brazil - Arab News Agency, this rise, coupled with the drop in overall total footwear exports, saw Middle East and North African footwear exports from Brazil rise from 3.9% to 5% of overall footwear exports from the region. The agency is quoting figures supplied by the Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade and compiled by the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce.
Speaking to worldfootwear.com, the agency said that the most popular export item to the Arab market is not Men’s shoes, but sandals, flip flops, and shoes with rubber uppers, citing the weather conditions in those markets as a key factor. Mr Cristiano Körbes, from the Brazilian Footwear Association (Abicalçados) is quoted as saying that, “The current trend on the Arab market is rubber and plastic-made products, because of the heat, and Brazil is home to some very strong brands in this particular segment.”
In a recent press release, Mr Körbes stated that the consumption of footwear in the Arab region is growing steadily, making it an increasingly important destination for the Brazilian footwear industry. “Those countries are traditionally importers. They manufacture a small fraction of their domestic consumption, and are very satisfied with the Brazilian offer,” commented Mr. Körbes. “The UAE have been instrumental to footwear trade, as they are a modern platform of imports and distribution to other Gulf countries, while serving as an image platform.”
According to data issued recently by Abicalçados, the total Brazilian footwear exports in the period January to July 2014 reached 71.9 million pairs valued at $608.7 million USD, representing variations of -3.1% in value and +3.4% in volume. In the same period the Saudi Arabian market had the most dynamic growth with revenue from Brazilian exports to that market increasing 50.2% in value, from 9.8 million US dollars to 14.8 million US dollars, and 50.6% in volume. The UAE exports grew significantly in volume (+40.3% in the period), but were least dynamic in value terms (+6.3%).