Turkey to impose quotas in Footwear

Turkey to impose quotas in Footwear

Hit by a recession in their sector, Turkish shoe-manufacturers have asked local authorities to impose a quota on shoe imports. In 2005 imports from China have increased in quantity by over 120% and 124% in value, whereas the national production was reduced to 78 million pairs in 2005, from 133 million pairs per year from 2001.

Chinese shoes represent over 50% of the total import of Turkey from foreign countries. Some 25% of local consumption belongs to foreign footwear. In the last two years shoe factories and the occupation in the sector have decreased by over 20% in Turkey. In 2005, total imports from abroad were 412 million dollars; China is Turkey's first supplier with 53.7% (221.7 million dollars), followed by Italy with 53.8 million dollars, (13.2% of the market), and Vietnam with 49 million dollars (12.3% of the market share).