Siro Badon, “The damage that will occur” for the footwear sector following the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, “will certainly be huge, very heavy damage not only for footwear but for the global European and world economy. as soon as possible because first of all there is a humanitarian disaster “.
Appeal by the President of Assocalzaturifici, Siro Badon, on the sidelines of the opening of Micam, the international footwear exhibition held at the Milan Rho Fair.
“Usually when these things happen there is a big question mark as to whether it will go back to the previous levels. At the moment the effects for companies are that we don’t know if the shoes shipped will be paid for, there are stocks in the warehouses of shoes ready for shipment that could be shipped but we don’t know where they will end up ”, he added. “Orders already made during the fashion week that could become waste paper, let’s see the events and what will happen”.
“The first thing we ask” of the government “is a Covid-type layoff at zero costs for companies and subsequently refreshments, for warehouse stocks, to keep these companies up and running. We have overcome Covid, they must help us to overcome the war as well “. says the number one of Assocalzaturifici and Micam, speaking of the economic consequences of the Ukrainian conflict for Italian companies in the sector. “We, together with Sistema Moda Italia and the three trade unions, signed a protocol last Wednesday to be delivered to Minister Orlando asking for an immediate meeting”.
Russia is worth 2.7% of exports for the footwear market. In 2021, 3.5 million pairs of shoes were sold in Russia, with a turnover of around 250 million, in Ukraine 450,000 pairs with a turnover of 36 million. “Given the size of our companies, with these numbers many companies get to work and these today are in deep difficulty”, he concluded. “In Italy, the Marche district is the most affected”.