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13/04/2017 - 07:00hs

Brazil shipped 1.4 million shoe pairs to Arab countries

Brazilian footwear exports to the region declined in the first quarter of this year from Q1 2016. However, sales increased to Bahrain, Syria, Mauritania, Oman, Algeria, Qatar and Tunisia.

São Paulo – The Brazilian footwear industry sold 1.45 million pairs of shoes to Arab countries in the first quarter of this year. The Brazilian Footwear Industry Association (Abicalçados) reported that the United Arab Emirates were the only Arab country among the top 20 buyers of Brazilian footwear, at 490,600 shoe pairs purchased. The amount is a third of total sales from Brazil to Arab countries.

Data from the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services show Brazilian footwear sales to Arab nations dropping by 13.4% year-on-year in Q1, with Q1 2016 exports having amounted to 1.68 million pairs.

Revenue from exports to Arab countries reached USD 11.9 million in Q1, down 21.4% from USD 15.1 million in Q1 2016. In addition to the UAE, Brazilian footwear got sold to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Mauritania, Oman, Algeria, Egypt, Qatar, Tunisia, Jordan and Iraq.

Footwear exports from Brazil to the UAE were down 13.6% in volume, according to Abicalçados. Revenue was down 19.5% to USD 3.9 million. The average price per pair slid from USD 8.63 to USD 8.04.

Ministry numbers show that the second biggest Arab buyer of shoes from Brazil in Q1 was Saudi Arabia, at 393,200 pairs. The amount is down from 607,000 in Q1 2016. Kuwait imported 147,800 shoe pairs, down from 153,200 pairs in Q1 2016.

Brazil shipped 47,600 pairs to Bahrain; 56,100 pairs to Lebanon; 61,900 pairs to Lebanon; 72,200 pairs to Morocco; 34,600 pairs to Syria; 47,500 pairs to Mauritania; 15,500 pairs to Oman; 28,600 pairs to Algeria; 36,700 pairs to Egypt; 8,100 pairs to Qatar, 9,200 pairs to Tunisia; 2,600 pairs to Jordan; and 2,800 pairs to Iraq. Countries whose imports increased year-on-year were Bahrain, Syria, Mauritania, Oman, Algeria, Qatar and Tunisia.

Overall, Brazilian shoe exports were up 14.2% in Q1 to USD 259 million, with shipped amount down 1.6% to 31.3 million pairs. The biggest buyers were United States, Argentina and France, according to data from Abicalçados.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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