No:CLE/EXH/Fashion/2015-16 June 4, 2015
All Members of the Council
Sub:Inviting Member-Participation in Fashion World Tokyo Fair, Sep 30- October 2, 2015 Tokyo-Japan, for Footwear & Leather Goods.
India’s export of leather & leather products to Japan has been increasing in recent years and touched US $ 48.73 million in 2013-14. However, Japan’s total import of leather & leather products was about US $ 8608.52 Million during 2012; Footwear being the major item with imports at about US $ 5512.95 Million. However, India’s export of Footwear to Japan was only US $ 23.3 Million in 2013-14. Similarly, although the import of Leather Goods into Japan was US$ 2331.87 Million (2012), India’s export of Leather Goods to Japan was only US$ 15.41 million (2013-14). Hence there exists considerable opportunities to further increase India’s export of Footwear and Leather products to Japan.
As Members may be kindly aware the Japanese economy is reported to be recovering very strongly. Further, with the signing f the Indo-Japan Preferential Trade Agreement import duties for certain categories of Leather Products & Footwear will be reduced; and member exports may take advantage of this more favorable situation to make inroads into the Japanese market.
Fashion World Tokyo is one of the largest trade shows for the fashion industry in Japan. This show comprises the Tokyo Bag Expo and Tokyo Shoes Expo. Fashion World Tokyo expands its size every year, proving itself as a successful business platform for the exhibitors.
September 30 to October 2, 2015, Tokyo Big Sight, Ariake Bay, Tokyo
Shoes: Pumps, Loafers, Men’s Shoes, Leather Shoes, Sandals, Sneakers, Boots Party Shoes, Baby/Kids Shoes, Comfortable Shoes, Business Shoes, Training Shoes, Running Shoes, Sport Shoes.
Bags : Handbag, Tote bag, Shoulder bag, Party bag, Backpack, Suitcase, Traveling bag, Eco-friendly reusable bag, Men’s bag, Business bag, Wallet,
Apparel stores, Specialty boutiques, Store specialized in shoes, Department stores, Online stores, Mass retailers, General shops, Wholesalers/Exporters and Importers, etc. As per information received from the Fair organizer, over 22,000 buyers from the Fashion Industry are expected to visit the show.
As per the fair organizer they will also arrange B2B meetings during the fair days for exhibiting companies
Considering the potential market for Leather Footwear, Bags and Leather goods in Japan, the Council proposes to organize participation of member-exporters in Fashion World Tokyo 2015 scheduled during September 30 to October 2, 2015. It is for the first time that the Council has planned to participate in this important and specialized fair in Japan.
Tentative participation cost is Rs. 4,15,000 for a 8.1 Sq.Mt Buit-Up Booth. The final Participation Cost will be worked out after the event. Built-Up booth includes Rear & Side Wall, Carpet, Fascia, 4 Halogen lights, 1 Electrical Socket, power supply to 1 KW, 1 Table and 4 Chairs,12 Shelves/Wire Mesh panels.
The Council proposes to request the Department of Commerce for funding support under MDA scheme of the Govt of India. If approved, Members participating in this fair (whose export turnover during 2014-15 is less than Rs. 30 Crores) are eligible to claim MDA Grant of maximum of Rs. 2,00,000/- as reimbursement on economy excursion class air fare and space rent., subject to fulfillment of other MDA eligibility criteria as per Revised MDA norms. For detailed MDA Guidelines, members may refer the MDA section in the website of the Council www.leatherindia.org
The 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.
Importantly, the Council can participate in this fair under the MDA Scheme (and participating member-companies can avail MDA Grant) only if at least 10 member-companies enlist to participate in the Fair.
Hence, member exporters are requested to avail the opportunity and take part in Fashion Word Tokyo Sep 30-October 2, 2015. Please send the duly filled in Application Form along with the Participation Fee of Rs.4,15,000/- by Cheque/DD drawn in favour of Council for Leather Exports. This may be sent to either Council’s Head Office in Chennai or Regional Offices at Delhi, Kanpur, Mumbai, Kolkata & Agra on or before June 30, 2015.
However, CLE will arrange for the invitation letter from the fair organizer to facilitate obtaining of visas by participants. Kindly note that non-issuance of Visa will not be considered as a valid ground for withdrawal subsequent to confirmation of participation. Hence, withdrawal from participation after confirmation will not be allowed.
R.Ramesh Kumar, IAS