Abicalçados and ApexBrasil together for the Brazilian shoe

The executive president and Project Manager of the Brazilian Footwear Industries Association (Abicalçados), Haroldo Ferreira and Letícia Sperb Masselli, were, on the 5th, in Brasília/DF. On the agenda was the signing of an official partnership agreement of the Brazilian Export and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil) with the president and Business Director of the Agency, Jorge Viana and Ana Repezza. The goal is to reinforce the Agency's support in initiatives that have a direct impact on exports, such as the Brazilian Footwear Show (BFSHOW) and the Sustainable Origin - ESG certification program of the sector. 

The official partnership will boost footwear exports, at first bringing international buyers from all continents to the BFSHOW, which will have its first edition between November 21st and 23rd, at the Event Center of the Federation of Industries of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (FIERGS). Headquartered in Brasilia, ApexBrasil has international offices in the United States (Miami and San Francisco), the United Arab Emirates (Dubai), Israel (Jerusalem), Colombia (Bogotá), China (Beijing and Shanghai), Belgium (Brussels) and Russia (Moscow). 

Ferreira highlights that the partnership is an important step to enhance the promotion of Brazilian footwear abroad. "ApexBrasil's support demonstrates the economic and social importance of the Brazilian footwear sector and takes our footwear to an international benchmark level. The participation of the agency as an official supporter of BFSHOW will certainly provide the coming to Brazil of some of the main players in footwear retail in the world”, evaluates the executive. 

The president of ApexBrasil, Jorge Viana, highlights the partnership of more than two decades with Abicalçados, through Brazilian Footwear, and the objective of the current management to further enhance support for national footwear. “Our partnership has always been a source of pride for the agency. We need to increasingly value this important segment of the national industry, which in addition to working strongly on sustainability, contributes with more than US$ 1.3 billion to the Brazilian trade balance and directly generates more than 300 thousand jobs in the country”, comments the leader. 

Last year, Brazilian footwear industries exported 142 million pairs, which generated US$ 1.3 billion, the best result in 12 years and 45.5% higher than that recorded in 2021. According to a report by Abicalçados, companies associated with Brazilian Footwear, a program to support exports in the sector maintained by Abicalçados in partnership with ApexBrasil, accounted for more than 80% of the value generated by shipments. 

About Brazilian Footwear:
Brazilian Footwear is an export incentive program developed by Abicalçados in partnership with ApexBrasil. This program aims to increase the presence of the Brazilian industry and its brands in the international market through development actions, commercial promotion and image. Read more: www.brazilianfootwear.com.br | www.abicalcados.com.br/brazilianfootwear.

About ApexBrasil:
The Brazilian Export and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil) acts to promote Brazilian products and services abroad and attract foreign investment to strategic sectors of the Brazilian economy. To achieve the objectives, ApexBrasil carries out diversified commercial promotion actions aimed at promoting exports and valuing Brazilian products and services abroad, such as prospective and commercial missions, Business rounds, support to the participation of Brazilian companies in major international fairs, visits by foreign buyers and opinion makers to get to know the Brazilian production structure among other business platforms that also aim to strengthen the Brazil brand. The agency also works in coordination with public and private actors to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) to Brazil with a focus on strategic sectors for the development of the competitiveness of Brazilian companies and the country. See More: https://apexbrasil.com.br.