The Portuguese footwear association, Apiccaps, expects the country's shoe exports to fall by 5 percent in 2019, marking the second annual decline in a row after 10 years of growth. In an interview with the daily Jornal de Negócios, Apiccaps' communications director, Paulo Gonçalves, said that exports were affected by the disappearance of many retailers as well as a slowdown in some of Portugal's main markets, such as France and Germany. Luis Onofre, the president of Apiccaps, said that the association has drafted an action plan to ensure a “strategic repositioning” of the local industry. He said the objective is to make the Portuguese footwear industry a world leader in the development of environmentally sustainable solutions. Onofre noted that it is not viable that a sole continent, Asia, supply nearly 90 percent of world footwear.