The Spanish companies of footwear increased its exports by 12.4% the first half of this year, as reported by the employer's sector FICE

According to the Federation of industries of the Spanish footwear (FICE), exports during the first six months of 2013 have reached the 1.154 million euros exceeding the figure slightly 2001.La EU record is the main buyer. France, Italy, Germany, Portugal and United Kingdom top the list of major destinations.Greater diversification of markets. Exports outside the EU increased by 22.4% in volume and by 21.2% in value.Imports of footwear have a change of trend. After two years of falls, they increase by 6.7% in volume and 0.7% in value.The sector presents a surplus of 174 million euros.

the total value of exports of footwear increased a 12.4% compared to the first half of 2012, but with an uneven depending on market performance, according to sources of the Spanish employers in the sector, the Federation of industries of the Spanish footwear (FICE).


Against fluctuations in exports to Europe, the Spanish industry is growing more and a steadily in Asia (Japan, China, Korea of the South or Hong Kong), Russia as well as the United States and Canada, where the Spanish footwear is increasingly appreciated by its design and quality and less affected by the crisis markets.

It is necessary to point out the process of relocation of production in our country. On the one hand international buyers looking for the quality of the product made in Europe as well as the ability of quick response replenishment orders and to changes in fashion. In addition the consumer has become more demanding and more valued the quality of the product and of the same origin.

Foreign trade figures also point to this trend. They are increasing exports of footwear in skin against a decline in imports of the same type of product.

1. Export

exports have reached in the first half of 2013 1.154 million euros (74.7 million pairs). These data represent a growth of 12.4% in value but with a slight fall in pairs exported from 0.14%.

This zero growth is primarily motivated by the adjustments that have been produced in Poland and Hungary. These two markets occurred in 2012 exceptional and unusual growths in pairs corresponding to product in price very low. In the first months of 2013, exports to these two countries have returned to their usual values.

1.1. by mercado:

• France, with 22% of the total share of exports, leads the ranking of destinations of Spanish footwear. Although a drop in exports occurred in 2012, during the first six months of 2013 have risen 7.6% in value and 9% in volume.

• Italy, second Spanish footwear buyer and where exports have not stopped climbing in recent years, for the first time shows a change in trend, with a fall of 2.3% in pairs and 1% in value.

• In Germany, third country buyer, after a fall of 10% in 2012, from January to June 2013, exports have grown by 15% in pairs and 11% in value.

• Climbing also exports to Portugal (42% in pairs) and 36% in value.

• In United Kingdom, exports grow in pairs (6%) and value (14%).

• United States. First destination of our exports outside the EU and sixth in the world rankings, strengthen positive behavior. Exports have increased by 17% in value and 29% in pairs. Canada also has significant increases of 43% in volume and 32 per cent in value.

• En Japón, primer país comprador de calzado español en Asia (y octavo a nivel mundial), las exportaciones continúan creciendo (19% en volumen y 21% en valor).

• Rusia es el décimo comprador de calzado español y las exportaciones han aumentado un 24% en pares y un 47% en valor.

• China se sitúa ya en el puesto catorce del ranking (17,5 millones de euros) con unos incrementos del 58% en pares y 29% en valor. Sigue destacando el alto valor del precio medio de exportación a este mercado.

•  Mercados emergentes. Se han registrado aumentos de las exportaciones en valor en países como:

• Oriente Próximo: Turquía (31%), Emiratos Árabes (23%) y Arabia Saudita (60%).

• Far East: Korea South (72%), Hong Kong (22%) and Singapore (91%).

• South America: Chile (32%), Brazil (69%) and Colombia (84%). Exports to these three countries amounted to EUR 8.1 million.

• Exports to the EU (27 members) represent 74% of the outer turnover. Exports in the first half amounted to 56 million pairs worth 852 million euros. These data represent a growth in value of 9.5% and a decrease in pairs of 5.3%.

1.2. by average export: prices

In the most important markets in value, higher than average export prices are as follows:

1.3. product: by

60% Of the total value of the foreign turnover corresponds to shoe leather.

The most important subsector is the shoes of Lady on skin which accounts for 37.5% of the total value of more than 433 million euros with an average price of 31 €/ pair.

The second most exported item is footwear textiles (19% of total). Included here are very fashionable products today as espadrille or satin party shoes.

Is important to note that exports of footwear in skin increase both pairs (12%) and value (13%).

1.4. by communities autonomo:

Account to the autonomous communities where the footwear industry is located, the Valencia Community leads the ranking and accounts for 46.6% of national exports (with an increase of 9.2% compared to the first half of 2012).

The second community is La Rioja, with a 10.3% of total exports and a growth of 7%. The third is Castilla­La stain, representing 5.2% of the total (with an increase of 4%) followed closely by Balearic presenting a growth of 6%.

2. Import

during the first six months of 2013 have entered our country 181 million pairs worth 980 million euros.

These data reflect a trend change. After two years of decline in imports, these data show a growth of 6.77% in pairs and 0.7% in value.

Point out that this increase corresponds to the lower product range. Bear this out with two dato:

the decline of imports of leather footwear

and the fall of 6% of the average imports price

2.1. country proveedor:

• China is the first supplier of footwear to Spain, with a share of 75% of the total number of pairs imported. Imports from the Asian giant have been 135 million pairs worth 388 million euros. These data reflect a change of trend with a growth of 7% in pairs but with a fall of 1% in value.

• Viet Nam, second largest provider with 8% of the total share, presents an increase of 13.3% in pairs but with a 3% fall in value.

Are the descents of the footwear of Italy, third supplier to our country in terms of value, and to a lesser extent France. The strong crisis of consumption in Spain, is also affecting the high ranges of product.

• Also diminish imports from India, Indonesia or Brazil.

2.2. by producto: type

In terms of the type of footwear, 88% of the total number of imported pairs corresponds to footwear that is not skin and is the segment that is growing as they descend the imports of leather shoes both in volume and in value.