Iver the past 12 months, the Port Authority of Valencia (APV) has managed 3,004 shoe containers destined for 71 countries around the world.
Valenciaport’s maritime connectivity allows the footwear industry greater participation in international trade.
America is the main importer of Valencian and Spanish shoes: every day 4 containers leave the Valencian docks for 17 American countries. The United States and Mexico lead the ranking.
Africa is the second continent that imports the most shoes. Over the past 12 months, 1,090 TEUs have been moved to more than 20 African countries, among which Senegal, Mauritania and Cape Verde stand out.
Israel and Japan are the Asian countries that mobilize the most shoe containers. A total of 15 Asian countries received 442 TEUs between August 2021 and July 2022.
Through Valenciaport, the shoe industry also has connections with Australia and New Zealand and, in Europe, with the United Kingdom, Greece, Cyprus and Malta.
Port facilities play a central role in local and national economic development, as transit and connectivity platforms for other destinations. Port operations create jobs that generate wealth, attract industrial activity and contribute to the growth of their environment. In the case of Valenciaport, as the fourth best-connected European port, it is a strategic enclave that facilitates trade for the Spanish economy and for exporting companies and, in particular, for companies involved in the shoe.
In fact, according to data from the statistical bulletin of the Port Authority of Valencia (APV), thanks to Valenciaport, the shoes manufactured here maintain commercial relations with the five continents. In the last 12 months, the Port Authority of Valencia has managed 3,004 shoe containers destined for America, Africa, Asia, Oceania and Europe.
“Valenciaport maintains connections with nearly 1,000 ports in 168 different countries. Maritime connectivity enables greater participation in international trade and better access to markets. For the footwear industry, Valenciaport has established trade relations with 71 countries around the world,” explains Aurelio Martínez, President of APV.
The United States and Senegal dominate footwear imports
American and African countries are the main importers of footwear: they absorb 81% of the total container traffic of companies that use the port of Valencia to market their products worldwide.
The first position is occupied by America, which added 1,343 TEUs in one year (from August 2021 to July 2022): every day, 4 containers leave the docks of Valencia for 17 American countries. The United States (747 TEUs) and Mexico (181 TEUs) are at the top of the ranking, but the Valencian docks also transport shoes to Canada (177 TEUs), Colombia (56 TEUs), Cuba (43 TEUs), Chile (38 TEUs) and Brazil. (29 TEUs), among others.
For their part, African countries occupy second place in the ranking and account for 1,090 TEUs between August 2021 and July 2022. Among the 21 countries with which Valenciaport has commercial relations, Senegal (263 TEUs) and Mauritania (263 TEUs) stand out.
Israel and Australia, among the countries with more Valencian and Spanish footwear
On the Asian continent, Israel (102 TEUs) and Japan (71 TEUs) are the countries that receive the most containers. In the last 12 months, 442 TEUs have been mobilized to 15 Asian countries that have connections with the Valencian docks linked to the transport of shoes. Saudi Arabia (61 TEUs), United Arab Emirates (53 TEUs), South Korea (51 TEUs) and China (33 TEUs) are some of the examples of the most dynamic countries.
In addition, thanks to Valenciaport, Valencian and Spanish shoe companies also maintain relationships with Australia and New Zealand. While most exports to Europe are by rail or truck, the UK and Greece stand out, as well as some containers arriving in Cyprus and Malta.
Some countries as far away as Puerto Rico, Taiwan or Honduras receive only one or two containers per year. While in Italy, Qatar or Cameroon, they receive thousands of pairs of shoes in what is called consolidated freight, boxes of shoes that share a container with other goods.
“Valenciaport has managed to bring the footwear industry to the most remote corners of the world. We want to continue our commitment to strengthen connectivity by adapting its infrastructures and services to market needs with the aim of attracting the greatest number of shipping companies and shipping lines and that this benefits all sectors”, concludes Aurelio Martínez .
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