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Brazil is the third largest producer of footwear in the world, with over 800 million pairs produced per year. There are more than 8,000 establishments dedicated to the manufacture of shoes and about 330,000 jobs. The main manufacturing states in Brazil are: Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais. 


In the first two months of 2013, the exports of Brazilian shoes decreased in 0.9% (from US$ 200,2 million to US$ 198,4 million) compared to the same period in 2012.  However, the number of pairs of shoes exported increased 2.3% (from 23 million to 23.5 million pairs). 

Brazil's top 3 shoes export partners are: 

United States - although the exports to the U.S. have decreased, the country continues as the main destination of the Brazilian shoes. In the first two months of February, 2013, 2.5 million pairs of Brazilian shoes were exported to the U.S., which generated US$ 32.5 millions. [In the same period of 2012, 3 million pairs of shoes were exported, adding up to US$ 36.1 millions.]

Argentina - the exports to Brazil's second main partner increased from  455.000 in 2012 to 653.000 pairs in 2013, which represents an increase of 43.6% and generated US$ 16.26 million (versus US$ 10.3 in the part year, an increase of 57.8%). 

France - the number os pairs of shoes decreased 3.4% from 2.36 million in 2012 to 2.28 million in 2013, but the revenue registered an increase of 2%, from US$ 15.8 million to US$ 16.18 millions. 

The highlight of the first two months of 2013 were the exports to the United Arab Emirated. 58.800 pairs and US$ 1.68 millions, representing an increase of 21.4% and 81.3%, respectively.


The overall imports of shoes from Brazil increased 8.6% in US$ and 5.5% in number of pairs. From January to February, 2013, US$ 92.15 million and 6.5 million pairs of shoes entered in Brazil. 

Brazil's top import partners are:

Vietnam - US$ 49.3 million
Indonesia - US$ 14.9 million
China - US$ 10.3 million
Italy - US$ 3.5 million

For more comprehensive information on the footwear market in Brazil, click here.

Source: Brazilian Footwear Industries Association (ABICALÇADOS)


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