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The crisis that has been dragging on for some time now is hitting commodity supply The first quarter of 2022 was expected to be the path to economic recovery, but the Russian invasion of Ukraine has generated a kind of storm with its collateral effects: rising energy prices and transport stoppages that are still present in Spain, and April is getting closer and closer. In addition, there is runaway inflation that adds to the raw materials crisis still dragging down manufacturing sectors such as the footwear components sector. In this sense, the return of world industry to production has created a supply crisis that is still being felt, as there is a lot of demand for raw materials and little supply, which has increased the price of raw materials, freight, containers and transport in general. In addition to the price increase in 2021. There were expectations that prices would fall progressively with normalisation, but the war seems to have dashed these forecasts.  

Steel prices continue to take centre stage in the new year.

Metal companies, distributors and customers note delays in steel orders and an increase in prices. A temporary mismatch between the supply and demand that it is not known if it will stabilise during the first half of the year.

With the halt in activity in 2020, which seems like yesterday, but almost two years have already passed since the start of the pandemic, companies emptied their stocks in the face of economic uncertainty. With the start of the year 2022, the improvement in the outlook and the increase in orders has significantly increased the demand for steel, which is partly compromised by all the economic circumstances that are happening in this globalised world.

After more than a year and a half of harsh measures, sanitary restrictions decline to a great extent in almost all of the Spanish territory, as well as in the countries that export our products. From Grupo Jover we think that this decision will mean an increase in the domestic consumption of goods such as footwear and leather goods, as is also expected from the sector.

There is no doubt that the change in the USA presidency has helped improve its trade relations with Spain. The recent announcement of the postponement of the increase in tariffs on Spanish footwear was joined a few days ago by the agreement around the G7 to achieve fiscal harmonization for large multinationals. In addition to these announcements, on June 15, the suspension for five years of the special tariffs that were levied on Spanish products such as wine or olive oil at the United States borders. This pressure measure was implemented in retaliation for the Airbus-Boing conflict, a trade dispute with the European Union for the past 17 years.

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The footwear sector demands that the Government access the measures to support business solvency established in RDL 5/2021 This is the time to recognize the efforts of the footwear sector during the pandemic From the footwear sector we continue to see with surprise not being included among the sectors that can access the extraordinary measures to support business solvency in response to the Covid pandemic established in Royal Decree Law 5/2021. Therefore, the sector has come together to demand that this inexplicable situation be corrected.

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