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Toronto Gets its First Sourcing Trade Show

Canadian manufacturers, retailers and designers will have the opportunity to attend Canada’s first sourcing trade show this summer.

JP Communications, the parent company to and, will be hosting the Apparel Textile Sourcing Show (ATSC), a comprehensive trade show and conference, Aug. 22-24 at the International Centre in Toronto.

Global apparel and textile manufacturers from Bangladesh, China, Honduras, India, Mexico, Peru, United States and other nations will be present at the event, where attendees will have the opportunity to learn new methods and receive guidance about the sourcing process.

“ATSC provides an unparalleled opportunity for Canadian apparel and textile importers and retailers to access the most current importing information from industry insiders and connect with the world’s major apparel and textile manufacturers all under one roof, without having to incur the time or expense of traveling abroad,” Jason Prescott, chief executive officer of JP Communications, said.

According to ASTC, Canada imports more than $14 billion in clothing and textiles annually. From 2012 to 2014, the country’s clothing and textile imports increased by 20 percent. ASTC seeks to provide Canadian apparel and textile importers with the opportunity to work with other international suppliers for a smoother sourcing process.

ASTC will display 200 international exhibits and also feature three days of conference sessions, a “Made in Canada” section and a 2017 Apparel and Textile Trends display. Led by industry experts, the conference sessions will cover topics from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and tips on how to choose international producers. “Made in Canada” will showcase Canadian manufacturers who source materials from other nationals for their garments. Next year’s colors, patterns and textures will be showcased at the 2017 Apparel and Textile Trends display.

Supporters for the event include Ottawa-based Canadian Apparel Federation (CAF), the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Toronto, the Trade Office of Peru, and exporting agencies ProMexico and ProColombia in conjunction with the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textile and Apparel (CCCT).

“Canadians are looking for simpler access to quality, competitive goods and an international sourcing event for the apparel sector is long overdue in this country,” Jian Wei Yu, commercial counsellor of the consulate general of the People’s Republic of China in Toronto, said.

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To register for ATSC and learn more about the event, visit Apparel Textile Sourcing Show’s website. Registration to conference sessions and exhibits are free of charge.