Which Country Exports the Most Rubber Or Plastic Footwear in the World?

Footwear May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

In 2016, the global exports of rubber or plastic footwear totaled 3M tonnes, reducing by -3.9% against the previous year level. Overall, it indicated a prominent expansion from 2007 to 2016: the total exports volume increased at an average annual rate of +4.5% over the last nine years. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. Based on the result of 2016, rubber or plastic footwear exports decreased by -14.0% against its level of 2014. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2010, when export increased by 20% against the previous year level. Global rubber or plastic footwear export peaked of 3.4M tonnes in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

In value terms, rubber or plastic footwear exports stood at $35B in 2016. Overall, rubber or plastic footwear exports continue to indicate a strong growth. Over the period under review, global rubber or plastic footwear exports attained its maximum level of $41B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

Top Rubber Or Plastic Footwear Exporting Countries in the World

1. China (21.4 billion USD)

2. Viet Nam (2.4 billion USD)

3. Germany (1.4 billion USD)

4. Belgium (1.2 billion USD)

5. Panama (0.4 billion USD)

6. United Kingdom (0.3 billion USD)

Rubber Or Plastic Footwear Exports By Country

China (2.1M tonnes) dominates in rubber or plastic footwear exports structure, accounting for 2.1M tonnes, which was approx. 72% of total exports in 2016. Viet Nam (91K tonnes), the UK (71K tonnes), Belgium (67K tonnes), Germany (56K tonnes), and Panama (48K tonnes) occupied the weak share of total exports.

Exports from China increased at an average annual rate of +5.3% from 2007 to 2016. At the same time, the UK (+35.8%), Germany (+8.4%), and Belgium (+6.4%) displayed positive paces of growth. Moreover, the UK emerged as the fastest growing importer/exporter in the world, with a CAGR of +35.8% from 2007-2016. By contrast, Viet Nam (-2.8%), and Panama (-6.2%) illustrated a downward trend over the same period. From 2007 to 2016, the share of the UK, and China decreased by -2.2%, and -26.9% percentage points, while the shares of the other countries remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

In value terms, China ($21B) remains the largest rubber or plastic footwear supplier in the world, making up 61% of global exports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by Viet Nam ($2.4B), with the share of 7% of global exports. It was followed by Germany, with the share of 4%.

In China, rubber or plastic footwear exports stood at an average annual rate of +9.8% over the period from 2007-2016. In the other countries, the average annual rates were as follows: Viet Nam (+12.0% per year) and Germany (+11.8% per year).

Rubber Or Plastic Footwear Export Prices By Country

The average rubber or plastic footwear export price stood at $12 per kg in 2016, going down by -3.7% against the previous year. Over the period from 2007 to 2016 it increased at an average annual rate of +3.2%.The growth pace was the most rapid in 2011, an increase of 14% year-to-year. Global rubber or plastic footwear export peaked of $12 per kg in 2015, falling back in the following year.

There were significant differences in the average export prices amongst major exporting countries. In 2016, the country with the highest export prices was Viet Nam ($26 per kg), while the UK ($4,349 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of rubber or plastic footwear export prices was attained by Viet Nam (+15.2% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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All data provided in this article covers the following product: HS Code 6402 - Rubber Or Plastic Footwear; with outer soles and uppers of rubber or plastics (excluding waterproof rubber or plastic footwear).

Source: World: Footwear - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2026