In April, Brazilian footwear exports exports rose by 76.0 percent year-on-year in volume to 8.5 million pairs and by 115.0 percent in value to $65 million, according to the Brazilian footwear association Abicalçados. In April 2020, exports were affected by the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in several key markets.

In the first four months of 2021, exports rose by 10.1 percent in volume to 40.5 million pairs but fell by 4.6 percent in value to $258.8 million. During the period, the U.S. was the main export market, with exports up by 36.5 percent in volume to 4.3 million pairs and by 4.6 percent in value to $53.6 million. Argentina was the second largest export market, up by 18.3 percent in volume to 3.2 million pairs and by 2.2 percent in value to $28.6 million, followed by France, up by 11.3 percent in volume to 2.8 million pairs and by 21.1 percent in value to $19.5 million.

Haroldo Ferreira, the president of Abicalçados forecast that Brazilian footwear exports will rise by 13 percent in 2021 in volume.

In April, shoe imports rose by 49.7 percent in volume to 2.2 million pairs and by 68.2 percent in value to $32.6 million.

In the first four months of the year, imports fell by 14.6 percent to 8.9 million pairs and by 12.4 percent in value to $108.0 millon. The main footwear exporters to Brazil were Vietnam, down by 25.6 percent to 3.1 million pairs and by 13.2 percent in value to $60.9 million, Indonesia, down by 16.9 percent in volume to 1.0 million pairs and by 12.5 percent in value to $17.9 million, and China, down by 1.3 percent to 4.1 million pairs and by 12.8 percent to $14.1 million.

The imports of footwear components such as leather, soles, heels and insoles fell by 6.1 percent in the four-month period to $8.0 million. The main suppliers were Paraguay, Vietnam and China.

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