Brazilian shoe firm Grendene has began exporting to Algeria, according to the Brazil-Arab News Agency (ANBA).

The chamber said that a container holding approximately 15,000 pairs of sandals was due to arrive in Algeria over the weekend, according to Algerian distributor Samir Tounsi.

The Brazilian company has reportedly been eyeing the Algerian market since 2005, began exporting to Syria last year and is also entering the Sudanese market this year.

The ABNA said, citing Tounsi, that the PVC sandals were ideal for the high temperatures in countries as hot as Algeria, and said the aim was to export 10 to 20 containers of shoes from Brazil per year.

just-style reported in September last year that Grendene was setting up a new plant in Teixeira de Freitas at the cost of BRL3m (US$1.37m).