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Czech footwear imports from Asia down, up from EU

Aug '06
During the first five months 2006, Czech republic imported US $67.06 million worth of footwear goods, a year-on-year decline of 9.35 percent, Czech's General Statistic department said.

There was an increase in imports turnover from EU's markets while sharp decrease in figures from Asian markets in the period.

In comparison with same period 2005, imports turnover of footwear goods from Vietnam edged down 15.6 percent to just $6.26 million, Indonesia for $4.74 million (down 15.86 percent), India $3.68 million (down 24.6 percent), and $2.92 million from China (reduced 35.83 percent) etc.

Most EU members exporting footwear to Czech witnessed sharp growth, including Slovakia at $5.69 million (+8.24 percent), Italy for $4.53 million (+11.2 percent), Austria worth $3.68 million (+17.77 percent), and Finland at $3.85 million (+24.35 percent) etc.

From January to May 2006, only leather shoes and waterproof shoes gained growth in imports structure of Czech at 6.22 percent to $32.19 million and 7.11 percent to $2.11 million, respectively, while other ones represented declining rate, especially knitting–capped shoes down 17.11 percent for $8.7 million.

According to industrial experts, footwear importing from Vietnam and China would continuously go down because of harsh anti–dumping lawsuit led by EC.

Fibre2fashion, News Desk - Vietnam

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