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Brazil seeks end to Ecuador shoe impasse
2018/12/3 10:27:23 Source: footwearbiz Author: 点击率:

Far away from the US and China, Brazil and Ecuador are currently caught up in a trade war of their own and Brazilian footwear exports are suffering the consequences.

For the second half of 2018, Ecuador has reimposed tariffs and strict label-of-origin requirements on imported footwear from Brazil, adding new layers of bureaucracy and additional costs of up to $6 per pair, which is proving enough to put shoe manufacturers off.

Ecuador’s government first imposed these measures in August 2017 but halted them between December 2017 and June 2018. According to Heitor Klein (pictured), president of Brazilian footwear industry association Abicalçados, this was a retaliatory gesture following the imposition by Brazil on strict controls over imports of Ecuadorian seafood.

“Shoes and seafood have nothing to do with one another,” Mr Klein said in recent comments, “but the government there [in Ecuador] wanted to target a sector of the Brazilian economy for retaliation and, unfortunately, it picked ours.”

He explained that Brazilian shoes had previously enjoyed tariff-free entry to the Ecuadorian market and in 2017 a total of 80 Brazilian footwear manufacturers shipped shoes to customers there, with a combined sales revenue of $26 million.

Mr Klein said Abicalçados will meet Brazilian government representatives in December to try to resolve the impasse.

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