Footwear manufacturing in Mexico has 400 years of history. The State of Guanajuato is the leading footwear manufacturing Mexican state, representing 70% of the domestic footwear production.
According to data provided in 2011 by INEGI (The National Institute of Statistics and Geography) and CICEG (Mexican Footwear Chamber), Mexico has 7,981 footwear manufacturers producing an average of 244 million pairs of shoes.
Footwear manufacturing in Mexico advantages
We have listed a total of 6 advantages to manufacture footwear in Mexico.
1. Favorable location
Leon City and Guanajuato State is well connected through highways with the rest of the country. Mexico’s infrastructure and roads are of a high standard. There are currently 45 USA-Mexico border crossings with 330 ports of entry.
Guanajuato has an international airport with 250 weekly inbound flights from main cities in Mexico. It receives direct international flights from USA cities such as Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Dallas among others.
Shipments from Mexico can arrive to USA in 2 or 3 days. In other Latin American countries shipments take around one week. Shipments to Europe take around 10 days.
2. Free trade agreement with 44 countries
Free trade agreements are a huge advantage for footwear manufacturing in Mexico. International companies can import Mexican footwear with 0% customs duty, giving buyers the opportunity to be more price competitive.
Countries with free trade agreement with Mexico are: United States, Canada, Japan, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Colombia, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Chile, El salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Perú, Israel and the entire European Union. Mexico is currently in negotiations with the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) with Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, United States, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.
3. Quality Programs and International Certification
Many Mexican companies are involved in quality certification programs and international standards to ensure high quality in footwear manufacturing in Mexico. Many famous brands are manufactured in Mexico, for example: Nike, Converse, Crocs, Steve Madden, Skechers, New Balance, Zappos, Dockers, Justin Boots, Pikolinos, Sorel, Levis, Lacrosse, Bosi, Frye, Itochu, Aldo, Zara, Nine West among others. These brands have been gaining trust in mexican shoes quality.
4. Different and highly specialized footwear manufacturing systems
You will find a broad range of footwear styles and constructions:
- Goodyear Welt
- Hand Sown
- Full Plastic
- Direct Attached
5. Companies of many sizes
In the Mexican footwear industry you will find companies from different sizes for your production volume needs. You can order small quantities without a problem. Footwear manufacturing in Mexico will adapt to your specific needs.
6. Specialized in leather shoes
The main Mexican footwear exports are high quality leather shoes. Every year since 2010, leather footwear exports have increased an average of 15%. In Guanajuato there are 696 tanneries providing leather to footwear manufacturers. Tanneries help mexican footwear manufacturers have raw material so they can keep increasing leather shoes exports.
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