23 May, 2018 - 25 May, 2018
24 May, 2018 - 25 May, 2018
29 May, 2018 - 31 May, 2018
30 May, 2018 - 01 June, 2018
04 June, 2018 - 08 June, 2018
New York, USA
With the support from the Ministry of Trade, the Vietnam Leather, Footwear and Handbag Association (LEFASO) invited the U.S Footwear, Distributors and Retailers Association (FDRA) to organise an export promotion conference for leather and footwear to help to improve the capability of businesses and exporters from Vietnam’s leather and footwear enterprises.
The conference took place November 10 in Ho Chi Minh City and attracted the participation of representatives from Ministry of Trade, The US Chamber of Commerce and Trade, The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Trade, a number of major footwear brands such as Nike, Adidas, etc..., and senior management of over 200 enterprises producing shoes and materials in Vietnam for export.
The conference focused on introducing the advantages, disadvantages and solutions with opinion from the organisations, and international brands. Problems associated with materials and labour force were highlighted.
LEFASO also invited exporters to Vietnam to take part and learn more about Vietnam’s leather, footwear and leather goods enterprises.
To underline Vietnam’s growing importance as a manufacturing destination the American footwear maker, Wolverine has decided to move a substantial part of its production from China to Vietnam due to the imminent coming into force of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement that will reduce tariffs on imports to near zero.
Currently, Chinese production accounts for 75% of Wolverine’s production, however, it aims to cut its China based production to one-third of the total by 2020 and invest further in Vietnam, which currently supplies 14.5% of the company’s product. Wages in Vietnam are 38% lower than those in China, even though labourers are regarded as skilled as Chinese workers.