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Message from the ICCC: End of the strike at the Port of Montreal, A record-setting period for Made in Italy agri-food products in foreign markets, …

August 25, 2020

Dear Members and Partners,

The coronavirus pandemic has completely changed the state of the global economy and of trade between Canada and the world. The ICCC is here to help you get through this difficult period, by supporting you and your international business strategies.



End of the strike at the Port of Montreal

As more and more sectors of the economy resume operations in Quebec, the unemployment rate fell 1.2 percentage points to 9.5% in July. The empThe Maritime Employers Association (MEA) and the Port of Montreal longshoreman’s union have reached a seven-month truce during which negotiations will continue while fully maintaining port activities. After a strike listing several consecutive days, normal activities resumed in all port facilities on Sunday August 23rd at 7 am. For more details regarding port terminal activities and opening hours, customers are invited to inquire directly with the Port of Montreal terminal operators. Learn more here.


Ottawa grants $ 18 million to agri-food sector

The federal government has allocated $ 18 million for projects to strengthen Canada’s food supply chain. From this budget, $10.5 million will be allocated to 27 projects involving Quebec companies. Click here to find out more.


A 100% virtual edition of SIAL 2020

SIAL Canada is launching the very first Food Inspiration Week from September 28 to October 2, 2020. This online event will welcome exhibitors and visitors and will offer many features such as the possibility of discovering food innovations from around the world, attending webinars, consulting with industry experts, access to international buyers, and chat with stakeholders of the show … all from the comfort of your office or home. Each year, the event brings together more than 1,200 national and international exhibitors from 50 countries and welcomes more than 25,000 buyers from Canada, the United States and 60 other countries. Click here for more information and to register.

Webinar: European Food Products: How to Benefit from them In Canada?

L’Actualité ALIMENTAIRE is organizing a webinar on September 9th to inform participants about European products, import/export prospects, consumer demand as well as their competitiveness and availability. Quebec consumers are more and more curious to discover new food products but also more demanding with regard to their origins. When a product comes from a specific region of Europe, it must respect well-established rules and many products are protected by geographical indications (such as the protected designation of origin DOP or the protected geographical indication OG{) which guarantee consumers of the authenticity and the  quality of the products. Products entering Canada must meet both European and Canadian standards. To learn more, click here and to register here. ( in french)



A record-setting period for Made in Italy agri-food products in foreign markets

The Italian agri-food sector is experiencing significant growth in foreign markets. After reaching a record figure of more than 43 billion euros for all the sector’s exports in 2019, the attraction for Made in Italy has further increased in the first quarter of 2020. According to the recent report by the Adnkronos agency the agri-food industries achieved a total of 5.1 billion in exports, the best winter quarter ever recorded, corresponding to an increase of 9.3% compared to the same period in 2019. The wine sector represents the largest portion of exports over the first three months of 2020, with more than 1.3 billion euros (+ 6.1%), pasta and desserts actually contributed the most to growth for the quarter, reaching more than one billion euros, with an increase of 27.6% compared to the same period last year. Read more here (article in Italian)


“AccelerORA!”: 8 million euros for 50 high-potential startups

CDP Venture Capital SGR – Fondo Nazionale Innovazione invests 8 million euros for 50 innovative startups in the “AccelerORA!” Program, Managed by the Accelaratori Fund. “AccelerORA!” works in partnership with the main national and international incubators and accelerators operating on Italian territory, in order to invest in young Italian companies with high growth potential and with innovative technologies or products operating in developing markets which, due to of the pandemic, have seen their growth trajectory slow. Click here to find out more (article in Italian)


Participate in our September “Souper Gourmand Italien chez soi” series! Register now for our upcoming culinary webinars:


Our team remains dedicated to answer all your questions and to assist you.

We invite you to visit our website and social media platforms frequently for the latest updates.

Thank you for your continued trust and stay safe.

The ICCC Team |