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Apparel show in Canada presents finest garments from Bangladesh

Thursday, August 24, 2017 > 14:09:38

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The second annual Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC) show opened in Toronto on Monday with a record attendance. Reporting more than 5,000 registered visitors, the show saw a 40 percent increase in attendees over last year on day one alone.

ATSC returned to the Toronto International Centre with 50 percent larger than its inaugural show in 2016, with 300 exhibits from more than 20 countries showcasing the latest and greatest in apparel and textiles from around the world. Representatives from China alone occupy 200 of those booths, with the other exhibits featuring wares from such countries as Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, the U.S., the U.K., Turkey, Switzerland, Spain, Nepal, Mexico as well as 30 artisanal companies from eight Least Developed Countries (LDC) sponsored by Ottawa-based TFO Canada. 

With catwalk presentation by Canadian models with wearing finest garments products from Bangladesh, the “Made in Canada” section presented Canadian manufacturers and smart apparel and textile producers with displaying all that is new in homegrown merchandise, while making a strong global industry connections and gaining insights into how to best navigate the international sourcing process.

“There is a direct linkage between the world economies, and we chose Toronto to introduce this show as we see a very ripe opportunity in this city, with its residents originating from hundreds of different countries, a thriving retail environment and many local entrepreneurs,” said Jason Prescott, CEO of JP Communications, ATSC producer and North America’s leading publisher of B2B trade platforms TopTenWholesale.com and Manufacturer.com.

“We felt that bringing the show to Toronto would give us the best opportunity to connect a lot of bridges around the world,” Prescott added, citing Canada’s economic strength as an attraction for industry players from across the globe eager to do business in this country.

Day one of the show began with an international round table featuring three key government representatives discussing Canadian imports from their countries: Xia Xiang, Commercial Affairs Minister Counsellor of the People’s Republic of China in Canada (Ottawa); Hon. Dinesh Bhatia, Consul General of India; and Mr. Dewan Mahmudul Haque, First Secretary (Commercial) High Commission for Bangladesh in Canada.

According to Minister Xia, Canadian demand for apparel has increased annually since 2011, with goods increasingly coming from abroad – from raw materials to finished apparels. He explained that ATSC is an unprecedented opportunity for Canadian importers, manufacturers, retailers, designers and small businesses to get a first-hand look at the global fashions, fabrics and textures that consumers will be after in the coming year.

According to the Government of Canada Apparel Industry Profile, apparel imports are up by 3.4 billion Canadian dollars (about 2.71 billion U.S. dollars) or 8.3 percent annually, totaling 14 billion Canadian dollars (11.15 billion U.S. dollars) in 2016.

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