Through the ‘Footwear Components by Brasil Program’, carried out by the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) in partnership with the Brazilian Association of Companies of Components for Leather, Footwear and Manufactured Goods (Assintecal), total footwear components’ exports amounted to US$130.2 million, representing a growth rate of 48% year-on-year.

Figures for the first seven months of the year, including July 2016, show a cumulative total of US$158.4 million; a 50% growth compared with the same period in 2015, and an increase of US$52.4 million in exports.

In July 2016 alone, total exports were US$28.2 million in value, representing a 19% increase over the previous month of June, and a 58% increase compared with July 2015.

Between January and July 2016, the Brazilian products were exported to 78 different countries, with China, Argentina and India accounting for nearly 50% of the total.