Mexican footwear imports growing rapidly
130 million pairs of footwear are estimated to have been imported into Mexico during 2022.
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The Chamber of the Footwear Industry of the State of Guanajuato (CICEG) has announced that 35 per cent of all footwear bought by Mexicans is currently imported. Although Mexican shoemaking production is said to have grown by around 7 per cent during 2022, foreign-made products continue to gain market share, stated CICEG executive president Alejandro Gómez Tamez. The trade body believes that this figure is likely to continue to increase. Despite the increase in production, the CICEG reports that factories within Mexico’s major leather and footwear cluster are being negatively affected.
The CICEG commented that by the end of October last year, Mexico had imported 108 million pairs of shoes. The organisation has estimated that this annual figure finally totalled 130 million pairs, 55 per cent of which arrived from China. In comparison, 102 million pairs were imported during 2019.
This article was originally published on page 2 of the January 2023 issue of SATRA Bulletin.