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Brazil - Chaos on port roads as truckers protest

The BBC web page reports that truck drivers are blocking roads in a number of Brazilian states in protest against the high cost of fuel and tolls.

26 Feb 2015

Spain - Footwear growth gives Valencia a boost

Footwear producers in the Valencia region have reported 27% growth in shoe exports in 2014.

23 Feb 2015

United States of America - Footwear Industry Import Tax Bill 2014

The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA), the footwear’s industry’s trade association, announced that tariffs on footwear have hit another all time high.

23 Feb 2015

United States of America - West Coast Ports’ dispute nearing resolution

The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) on February 20 a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract covering workers at all 29 West Coast ports

23 Feb 2015

Italy - Footwear industry hopeful despite “triple dip”

Leatherbiz reports that while official numbers are still to be confirmed, reports from Italy say production levels fell below the “critical threshold” of 200 million pairs produced in 2014, the first time they have been under that level since 2009.

18 Feb 2015

Portugal - Solid footwear exports

Fortunato Federico, the president of Portuguese footwear industry association APICCAPS, has said the organisation is still analysing the sector’s figures for 2014, but that definitive statistics for the first nine months of the year show good growth.

18 Feb 2015
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