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Why Portugal?

Mar 2, 2020 Portugal

Why Portugal?

APICCAPS, the Portuguese Footwear Association, launched the “Why Portugal?” campaign. Watch the video here

The new video Why Portugal? presents five reasons for international customers to choose Portugal, and the Portuguese industry, as their business partner.

One of the most reputed footwear clusters in the world is based in Portugal. Responsiveness, quality and service of choice allow Portugal to export 80 million pairs of footwear to the world every year.

Portugal is one of the 20 safest countries in the world to do business.

The Portuguese industry is constantly evolving and wants to be a leader in developing sustainable responses.

Portugal benefits from a unique geographical location, which allows Central Europe to be quickly reached by land, while the vast Atlantic coast favours long-distance commercial operations.

Portugal is not just an exemplary business partner. The country is distinguished by its hospitality, unique cuisine and extraordinary landscapes.

Portuguese Footwear Industry

APICCAPS – Portuguese Footwear, Components, Leather Goods Manufacturers’ Association - is a nation-wide association based in Porto, founded in 1975 and representing the following business sectors: Footwear industry; Footwear components industry;  Leather goods industry (bags, wallets, gloves, belts, etc.) and Equipment for the previously mentioned sectors. The Portuguese footwear industry exports more than 95% of its production to more than 160 countries located across the world.

For more information about Portuguese brands and companies follow this link:

Related Organizations

  • APIC - Portuguese Leather Industry Association

    APIC - Portuguese Leather Industry Association

  • CFPIC - Academy of Design and Footwear

    CFPIC - Academy of Design and Footwear

  • Shoe Museum (Portugal)

    Shoe Museum (Portugal)

  • CTCP - Portuguese Footwear Technological Centre

    CTCP - Portuguese Footwear Technological Centre