Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic which has an impact on export performance, it turns out that there is a bright spot in the footwear sector. Footwear or shoe manufacturers from Brebes, Central Java are still able to export millions of pairs of shoes from well-known brands such as Adidas.
Today, 15 million pairs of shoes produced by PT Bintang Indokarya Gemilang were released in Brebes Regency, Central Java, Friday (9/10). Deputy Minister of Trade, Jerry Sambuaga, accompanied by the Deputy Regent of Brebes, Narjo and the Commissioner of PT Bintang Indokarya Gemilang broke the jug as a sign that the export was carried out.
Jerry said that footwear is a product that is able to sustain exports amid the Covid-19 pandemic. According to him, footwear products can also be an example that at times like this Indonesian-made products can still maintain and continue to strive to increase exports.
“Footwear exports also provide momentum for Indonesian exports. Footwear exports also contribute to a positive trade balance,” he said Jerry.
In the January-August 2020 period, Indonesia’s footwear exports were recorded at US $ 3.17 billion. This value is an increase of 8% compared to the same period last year which was recorded at US $ 2.93 billion. Meanwhile, imports of footwear for the January-August 2020 period were recorded at US $ 418.7 million or decreased by 24.7 $ compared to the same period the previous year.
Throughout 2019, Indonesia’s total footwear exports were recorded at US $ 4.4 billion. Overall, the main export markets for Indonesian footwear are the United States, China, Belgium, Japan and Germany.
PT Bintang Indokarya Gemilang is a company that produces well-known brand shoes and has been operating in Brebes since 2015 with a total of 5 thousand employees. According to the Public Relations of the Brebes Regency Government, the buyer of this factory is Adidas.
Aprisindo Executive Director Firman Bakri said that there were still export activities amid the pandemic, indicating that the export-based footwear sector was still growing.
“Exports are still growing, our markets are American and European, still traditional markets,” said Firman to CNBC Indonesia.