Which Country Imports the Most Footwear With Textile Uppers in the World?

Footwear May 28, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

In 2016, approx. 3.1M tonnes of footwear with textile uppers were imported worldwide; increasing by 5% against the previous year figure. The total import volume increased at an average annual rate of +4.1% over the period from 2007 to 2016; however, the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations over the period under review. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2011, when import increased by 8% against the previous year level. Over the period under review, global footwear with textile uppers imports reached its maximum volume in 2016, and are likely to see steady growth in the immediate term.

In value terms, footwear with textile uppers imports stood at $33B in 2016. In general, footwear with textile uppers imports continue to indicate a prominent increase. Global footwear with textile uppers import peaked in 2016, and are expected to retain its growth in the immediate term.

Top Footwear With Textile Uppers Importing Countries in the World

1. USA (7.4 billion USD)

2. Germany (2.7 billion USD)

3. Japan (1.9 billion USD)

4. France (1.9 billion USD)

5. United Kingdom (1.8 billion USD)

6. Belgium (1.3 billion USD)

7. Italy (1.2 billion USD)

8. Spain (1.1 billion USD)

9. China (1.1 billion USD)

10. Indonesia (0.1 billion USD)

11. Viet Nam (0.0 billion USD)

Footwear With Textile Uppers Imports By Country

China (1.1M tonnes) represented the main importing country with an import of about 1.1M tonnes, which finished at 34% of total imports. The U.S. (341K tonnes) occupied the second position in the ranking, followed by Viet Nam (176K tonnes). All these countries together took near 17% share of total imports. The UK (122K tonnes), Germany (121K tonnes), Japan (110K tonnes), France (87K tonnes), Indonesia (85K tonnes), Belgium (76K tonnes), Spain (59K tonnes), and Italy (53K tonnes) held the slight share of total imports.

China experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. At the same time, the U.S. (+26.1%), Belgium (+11.3%), France (+10.6%), Germany (+8.8%), Spain (+8.2%), the UK (+7.2%), Japan (+3.0%), and Indonesia (+1.0%) displayed positive paces of growth. Moreover, the U.S. emerged as the fastest growing importer/exporter in the world, with a CAGR of +26.1% from 2007-2016. Viet Nam experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. By contrast, Italy (-3.6%) illustrated a downward trend over the same period. While the share of Belgium (-1.5%), China (-1.6%), France (-1.7%), the UK (-1.8%), Germany (-2.1%), and the U.S. (-9.6%) decreased significantly, the shares of the other countries remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

In value terms, the U.S. ($7.4B) constitutes the largest market for imported footwear with textile uppers worldwide, making up 22% of global imports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by Germany ($2.7B), with the share of 8% of global imports. It was followed by Japan, with the share of 6%.

In the U.S., footwear with textile uppers imports expanded at an average annual rate of +20.6% over the period from 2007-2016. In the other countries, the average annual rates were as follows: Germany (+14.8% per year) and Japan (+10.2% per year).

Footwear With Textile Uppers Import Prices By Country

In 2016, the average import price for footwear with textile uppers amounted to $11 per kg, growing by 8% against the previous year. In general, footwear with textile uppers import price continues to indicate a strong growth. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2011, when import increased by 19% from the previous year level. Global footwear with textile uppers import peaked in 2016, and is expected to retain its growth in the near future.

Import prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest import prices was Italy ($23 per kg), while Viet Nam ($136 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of footwear with textile uppers import prices was attained by China (+38.6% 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 6404 - Footwear With Textile Uppers; with outer soles of rubber, plastics, leather or composition leather and uppers of textile materials.

Source: World: Footwear - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2028