Inviting Participation in the Footwear & Leather Sourcing Show Australia, 15-17, November 2016 under MDA Funding

No: CLE/EXH/Australia /2016                          
September 9, 2016

To ,
All Members
Council for Leather Exports

Dear Sirs,
Sub: Inviting Participation in the Footwear & Leather Sourcing Show Australia, 15-17, November 2016 under MDA Funding:

About the Fair:
The inaugural edition of the Footwear & Leather Sourcing Show is scheduled to take place during November 15-17, 2016 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. The Footwear & Leather Show will be co-located with International Sourcing Expo Australia which was launched in 2010 and has been held annually since then. Footwear & Leather Show Australia is to be a dedicated footwear & leather show and will form part of the International Sourcing Expo Australia and the China Clothing &  Textile Expo… It has been decided to launch this show in 2016,to provide a dedicated focus on footwear and leather sourcing in direct response to feedback from the Australian Trade and international exhibitors in these sectors.

With footwear imports into Australia increasing by 25% in 2015 and similarly strong growth in various leather categories this dedicated Footwear & Leather Show is expected to provide a major opportunity to establish and grow business in the Australian Market. Exhibitors from Asia, Europe and beyond are
expected to  show case their designs, ranges and capabilities at this focused industry event. Invitees to the fair will include footwear and leather trade representative,  in particular store & group buyers: owners & directors; senior management; private lable agents; product developers; merchandising managers; and designers representing major national chains buying group, independent operators, distributors and sourcing agents.

About the Australia Market :

Australia is becoming a significant market for leather & leather products with its imports increasing from US $ 1671.26 million in 2010-11 to US$ 2183.62 million in 2014. India’s export of leather & leather products to Australia has increased from US$ 51.82 million in 2010-11 to US$ 84.63 million in 2015-16, growing at a CAGR of 10.31%

CLE Participation in Footwear & Leather Show, Australia during November 15-17, 2016 under MDA Funding : Considering the market potential and member companies interest in participation, the Council has proposed to organize Group Participation of member-exporters in the Footwear & Leather Show, Australia during November 15-17 2016 to be held in Melbourne  Australia .

Exhibit Categories :
Meet buyers looking for the latest Footwear for Men, Women, Children/Infant, Formal/Dress, Designers/Salon, Boots, Sandals, Athletic, Outdoor/Adventure Slippers Protective & Leather Apparels, Leather Handbags, Leather Accessories Travel/Luggage, Hides, Protective and other
Participation Costs for CLE Members- Considering the Cost of Space , Display Accessories, and Registration charges, the Cost of Participation for a 9 sq m Stand works out to Rs.3,05,000/- (Revised) The stand allotment will be on first come first serve basis only. MDA grant can be considered only for the 10 eligible member companies, however interested members can participate even without availing MDA grant.

MDA Funding Support –
The Council has included the Footwear & Leather Show, Australia during November 2016 in the CLE’s MDA Annual Action Plan 2016-17 and submitted the same to the Department of Commerce, for which approval has received only for 10 exhibitors with MDA grant reimbursement for each at Rs.1,20,000/-. Members participating in this fair (whose Export Turnover during 2015-16 is more than Rs. 3 lakhs and less than Rs. 30 Crores) will be eligible to claim MDA Grant of a  maximum of Rs. 1,20,000/- on Stand Charges plus air fare in economy excursion class subject to fulfillment of other MDA eligibility criteria as per MDA norms. For detailed MDA Guidelines, members may refer the MDA section in the website of the Council . MDA intimation application should be received by the Council by giving minimum 14 days advance notice excluding date of receipt of application in the Council and date of departure from the Country. CLE will participate in the Footwear & Leather Show, Melbourne, Australia, November 2016 only if minimum 10 exhibitors confirm participation.

You may please note all the above, and send your Application Form along with estimated Participation Charges of Rs. 3,05,000/- for a 9 sq m booth to the Council’s Head Office or Regional Offices on or before September 12, 2016.

It may kindly be noted that Member-exporters who are interested to participate in the Footwear & Leather Show, Melbourne, Australia, November 2016 are requested to send the duly filled-in Application Form along with the full Participation Charges by Cheque/DD drawn in favor of Council for Leather Exports.  This may be sent to either the Council’s Head office in Chennai or Regional Offices on or before September 12, 2016.

With best wishes,
Yours sincerely,

R.Ramesh Kumar, IAS
Executive Director