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10 Apr 2013

Québec companies dip toes into Russian market

Rick Rutherford, Emballage Coderre; Anne-Marie Lamothe, Head of Mission, CQI; Gilbert Bédard, RPM Tech; Daniel Gosselin, C.M.I.; François Gouin, ABS remorques; Irina Tarasenko, Québec Government Office in Moscow; Alain Martineau, Rembourrage J.A. Martineau; Anis Ouanès, Export Québec; and Denys St-Yves, C.M.I. (Photo ©CQI)

Six companies from the Centre-du-Québec, Mauricie and Estrie participated in a trade mission to Russia from April 1 to 6 to promote their products, scope out business opportunities and expand their network of professional contacts.

Organized by Carrefour Québec international (CQI)—a member of the Réseau des commissariats à l’exportation du Québec—in partnership with Export Québec and the Québec Government Office in Moscow, the mission provided the companies with an occasion for B2B meetings with potential partners. Networking activities were also on the mission agenda.

In order to best equip these entrepreneurs, who hope to develop new markets, industry stakeholders and Québec counsellors in Russia provided them with strategic information.

The group was composed of representatives from the following companies:

  • ABS remorques (Asbestos)
  • C.M.I. Inc. (St-Cyrille-de-Wendover)
  • Emballage Coderre (St-Germain-de-Grantham)
  • Polycrète international Inc. (Varennes)
  • Rembourrage J.A. Martineau Inc. (St-Germain-de-Grantham)
  • RPM Tech Inc. (Drummondville)

Several representatives also went to MosBuild, the largest European construction exhibition and one of the five largest in the world, with over 2,000 exhibitors and 100,000 visitors.

Immediate results!

Concrete results from the mission were not long in coming. Emballage Coderre will be sending its first container of products to Russia next month… a $45,000 sale! Several partners expressed interest in ABS remorques during the B2B meetings. The Asbestos-based company will be holding serious discussions with one of them.

High growth potential market

Russia is a prime market for Québec companies. In 2011, Québec exports of goods to Russia totalled over $560 million, a 41.2% increase over 2010. This corresponds to 37.6% of all Canadian exports of goods to this country. Russia is Québec’s 9th largest international customer.

Québec Government Office in Moscow

The mandate of the Québec Government Office in Moscow, which was opened in September 2012, is to expand economic relations with Russia in order to promote the growth of exports to and the forging of business partnership on the Russian market.

Québec Government Office in Moscow
Export Québec – Exporting to Russia (French only)
Carrefour Québec international (In French and English)

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