World Footwear


Global footwear together for free and fair trade

May 24, 2018 World
Global footwear together for free and fair trade
Wishing to give a strong signal against the protectionist movements recently emerging in several parts of the globe, representatives of footwear national associations and industry chambers of various continents signed a joint declaration in support of free and fair trade
On the occasion of the 20th UITIC International Technical Footwear Congress’ week organised by APICCAPS (Portuguese Footwear, Components, Leather Goods Manufacturers' Association) and CTCP (Portuguese Footwear Technological Centre), high representatives from national footwear associations and chambers from all over the world convened in Porto under the International Footwear Forum, focused in this third edition on International Trade.

Launched by the European Confederation of the Footwear Industry (CEC) in 2015, the International Footwear Forum acts as a platform to exchange information, consider common initiatives and address emerging challenges by possibly finding collaborative solutions to work on. In this view, and in light of the increase of protectionist measures across the world during the last years, the participants have approved a joint declaration committing themselves to cooperating for free and fair trade in the footwear sector.

A strong signal against protectionism

Representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Italy, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and US recognise that protectionism reduces consumption, investment and employment opportunities, consequently slowing down the competitiveness and growth of footwear companies. Therefore, the signatories firmly state their opposition to every sort of tariff and/or non-tariff barrier and call for policy makers to work towards the establishment of a level playing field for and open and fair global market with no dumping and counterfeiting practices. They express their commitment to support the achievement of this goal by sharing information with and transmitting their position to their respective national governments.

The beginning of transparent and open collaboration

“On a medium-long term, protectionist regimes can only contribute to make their companies more fragile. In a fast-evolving global economy and society, governed by consumers, national associations and policy makers should instead be working on joint initiatives to ensure that our companies can benefit from the trade opportunities of an open and fair market. Today is an important day for our global footwear industry as I believe it is the beginning of a transparent and open collaboration between five continents’ representatives for a fair and free trade”, commented Cleto Sagripanti, President of the CEC.

Joint Declaration available on CEC's website.