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Peruvian companies ready to export to CanadaThursday, February 23, 2017 > 16:41:02
How nice are Canadians? The Canadian Government is providing training programs for Peruvian small and medium-sized companies and inviting them to Toronto’s trade show.
More than one hundred small and medium-size companies from Tarapoto, Pichanaki, Huancayo and Arequipa could access training programs in coffee, ginger, maca and oregano production techniques. Promperú reports that without this training those companies will struggle to be well-positioned in the Canadian market.
The training is provided by the Canadian Trade Facilitation Office * and funded by the *Canadian government through the Ministry of Global Affairs.
The first stage of the program will be held in March; seminars will focus on the business opportunities in the Canadian market and will present the market gaps in logistics, regulatory entities, corporate and social responsibility, environmental management systems, and organic production standards.
The selection process consists in evaluating an initial group of 100 companies, later on, it will be short listed to 20 companies that will receive training sessions on how to adapt their business concepts to the Canadian market.
Based on these results, only five companies will be able to take part in the Canadian Program offered by the TFO Canada, the Peruvian Commercial Office of Toronto and Promperú. Those five will receive specialized assistance to participate in the Canadian trade show called Grocery Innovations, to be held October 23 and 24 in Toronto.
Peru and Canada have a growing bilateral relations marked by a commitment to trade and investment. Peru is Canada’s second-largest bilateral trading partner in South and Central America. Both nations have a free trade agreement (FTA) since August 1, 2009. In 2016, Peru’s exports to that market totaled US$ 1.684 million, which places Canada as Peru’s fourth favorite exports destination after China, the United States and Switzerland.
The training offered by TFO Canada is a one-time opportunity for the Peruvian companies as Canada is a demanding market. Consumers pay close attention to the quality of the product, its origin, composition and price. On the other hand, Peru’s main advantage in the Canadian market is the population diversity and its interest in foreign-natural products.