Date: October 03-05, 2017
Venue: IFEVI (Avenida do Aeroporto, 772)
Location: Vigo, Spain
Sector: Fish and Seafood

The Trade Commissioner Service in Spain, in collaboration with the Atlantic Provinces and the Atlantic Food & Beverage Processors Association will coordinate Canada’s participation at the frozen fish show Conxemar. There will be a 98 m2 Canada pavilion at a premium location with counter stands, meeting space and a chef’s station. 

The Conxemar trade show takes place in Vigo, Spain, an important fishing port in Europe and serves as the meeting point for the entire value chain - processing branch, distributors, importers and exporters of frozen seafood products. Since its inception in 1999, it has grown steadily in numbers of visitors and exhibitors, with an exhibition area of 31,500 m².  It is the most important Fish and Seafood trade show in Southern Europe, with significant international presence and dozens of national pavilions. 

Spain is an important market for Canadian fish and seafood exporters. It remains one of the largest food markets in Europe and has the potential for future growth as highly educated Spanish consumers are oriented towards high‐quality products. Furthermore, due to immigration, the Spanish consumer market is becoming more diverse, which will further increase the demand. Spain is the third largest importer of fish and seafood in the world and has the fifth‐largest per capita expenditure on fish and seafood products, at US$262 dollars annually. In comparison, average consumer expenditure on fish and seafood is around US$150 in Europe. According to the Spanish TCS (ICEX), in 2014 imports of Canadian lobster increased by 143% over 2013 (up 81% in the first six months of 2015 over 2014). 

With respect to the eventual implementation of the CETA, Canadian exports are expected to benefit substantially from tariff reductions in seafood.

Why your organization should participate:

  • Compare your product/service with international competitors
  • Develop a first-hand understanding of the opportunities and challenges of doing business in foreign markets
  • Gain insights and market intelligence
  • Increase visibility of your product or service
  • Meet key commercial entities, industry players, and potential buyers, investors and/or partners
  • Participate in networking events
  • Participate in pre-organized business to business meetings
  • Receive on-the-ground assistance from the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service

Trade Commissioner(s) involvement:

Activities organized by the Trade Commissioner Service

  • Business-to-business meetings
  • Networking event
  • Pavilion/exhibit

Máximo Hurtado is the Trade Commissioner responsible for the Agriculture and Processed Foods, Fish and Seafood and Wine, Beer and Spirits sectors for the Spanish market. He will be coordinating all the activities at the Canada Stand and can provide information on this and other local events that you are considering, as well as advice on business development in the region. Services from the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service are offered free of charge to Canadian companies and organizations.