Indonesian footwear manufacturers urge the government to remove leather from the quarantine requirement in order to improve the competitiveness of the Indonesian footwear industry. Indonesia's footwear industry imports about 70 percent of its leather consumption (while Indonesia exports most - if not all - of its domestically-made premium leather).
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Indonesia's exports of footwear to the United States (USA) are expected to reach the value of USD $1.5 billion in 2017, up 12 percent year-on-year (y/y) from USD $1.34 billion last year. This increase is expected to come on the back of US President Donald Trump's eagerness to limit imports from China by introducing higher tariffs. This policy should now open up opportunities for Indonesian footwear exporters.
Between 10 and 15 new footwear factories will become operational in Indonesia this year. The majority of these new plants, which require a combined investment value of USD $1.5 billion, involve foreign investors from China, South Korea, and Taiwan. Harijanto, Advisory Council Head of the Indonesian Footwear Association (Aprisindo), said these factories will have a large production capacity at an average of between 10 - 15 million pairs of shoes per year and are all export-oriented. Moreover, the plants will provide employment opportunities to some 100,000 local workers.
Domestic sales of footwear in Indonesia declined 20 percent (y/y) to IDR 4.8 trillion (USD $393 million) in the third quarter of 2014 according to data from the Indonesian Footwear Association (Asosiasi Persepatuan Indonesia, abbreviated Aprisindo). Meanwhile, exports of Indonesian footwear declined as well but not as much as domestic sales. In fact, in terms of value, footwear exports increased due to the rupiah exchange rate that has depreciated considerably against the US dollar.
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Exports of shoes (footwear) from Indonesia could reach USD $8 billion per year in the foreseeable future, from USD $4.5 billion currently. Eddy Widjanarko, Chairman of the Indonesian Footwear Association (Aprisindo), said local footwear factories in Indonesia are currently only operating at a utilization rate of between 50 and 60 percent, implying a significant portion of local production capacity in the shoe industry remains unused. Widjanarko is convinced earnings from Indonesia's shoe exports can double by raising production while still relying on the nation's traditional shoe markets: Europe and the USA.
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