7-11 October, 2018

Trade Mission to Canada

Explore new opportunities for business in the Greater Toronto Region in the Province of Ontario, Canada.

Trade Mission to Canada

Come and explore business opportunities in the Greater Toronto Region with other C-Level Executives as a guest of the International Trade Council. The mission includes, among other activities, a business matching program, export cafe, personalized appointment schedules, information sessions and networking events. Learn about doing business, explore the market, gain exposure to the business culture, meet with potential customers and find new partners.

Trade Mission Starts in:

Supported by:

Black Regional Chamber of Commerce

Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Guelph Chamber of Commerce

Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce

North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce

Why Participate?

Direct access to high-level business and government officials

Pre-arranged business-to-business meetings personalized to each attendees target market

Welcome dinner and networking event with government officials and local business executives

Participation in the Ontario Business Opportunities and Doing Business in Ontario Seminars

Presentation of each delegate's business in the 1/2 day Export Cafe

Personalized list of trade leads complete with contact information for each delegate

Personalized market research report for each delegate

Hands on and up-to-date market information from senior officials and Canadian industry leaders

Logistical support from experienced trade commissioners

Beneficial intra-group exchanges

Educational and cultural experiences

Positive effects of International Trade Council Trade Missions include higher sales revenues, lower procurement costs and better sourcing, education, cultural/international business savvy, preparedness, professional development, visibility/goodwill and perspective. An additional benefit is that the mission participants develop close friendships among themselves and a useful, professional network.

Who Should Participate

We’re looking for highly ambitious businesses who’ve been trading for a minimum of two years and have plans to increase customer base, employ more people and expand to new markets (including the designated market) in the next 24 months.

Who Will You Meet?

The Trade Mission aims to bring participating foreign companies into contact with potential agents, importers, distributors / wholesalers, retailers, joint venture partners, licensees, local businesses, and government agencies in Canada (Ontario / Greater Toronto Region).

Free With Attendance

All attendees will be provided with:

A minimum of 5 pre-scheduled appointments with companies and contacts appropriate to their target market - $500 in value

A customized market research report relevant to their specific industry - $650 USD in value

Entry to the welcome dinner and official networking event + free admission for 1 additional guest - $120 in value

Entry to the 'Doing business in Canada' seminar - $450 in value

Delegate working lunch - $65 in value

Showcase 15 minute presentation of each delegate business at the half day Export Cafe - $890 in value

Entry to the 'Business Opportunities Ontario' seminar - $450 in value

A customized list of trade leads from Ontario and Canada - $380 USD in value

An electronic database of 23,000 Canadian importers and exports - $1000 USD in value

1 free press release distribution to major media outlets about their attendance at the Trade Mission - $95 USD in value

Full page advertisement in the Mission Delegate booklet - circulated to more than 30,000 local CEO's - $615 USD in value

Participation in the closing ceremony - $270 in value

Hear what delegates on previous trade missions have to say:

“Thank you so much for the wonderful trade mission. It was amazing to meet many other CEO’s and business professionals. The personalized appointment schedules were helpful to meet buyers appropriate to my needs”

Angela Williams
Director
Advance Business Brokers
www.advancebusinessbrokers.com

“You have done your part & kicked the ball into our court – I trust we will do our utmost to make a success of this game.”

Michael Gomez
CEO
TradeLink Services
www.tradelinkservices.in

“I thank the International Trade Council and CPA Partnerships for conducting the Trade Mission. I thanks everybody who have been a part of this and making it success.”

Nittile Gupta
President
IRA Softwares
www.irasoftwares.com

Download example booklet listing international delegates from a previous trade mission:

Early-bird discounts available. Register before 20th August 2018.

Why a Trade Mission to Ontario?

Ontario is at the centre of one of the most stable and competitive business environments in the world and is an example of what the future should look like. A livable space with the comforts and quality of life, a high standard of living, a stable and competitive business environment and talented people (8% of Ontario adults possess a post-secondary education – a rate higher than any OECD country.) Canada has the world’s most stable banking system, is ranked the second most politically stable and is rated among the top three best countries for business.

Toronto is the fourth-largest city in Canada / the USA

Most people don’t realize Toronto is the fourth-largest city in North America. Only Mexico City, New York City and Los Angeles are larger.

Toronto is North America's 2nd most competitive financial centre

Toronto is the second most competitive financial centre in North America, according to the Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI). Toronto ranks ahead of Chicago, Boston and San Francisco and sits eighth globally.

Toronto is one of the most future-ready cities in the world

There is good reason Cisco chose Toronto as the location of its first innovation centre in North America. IHS Economics ranks Toronto 11th in a list of Future Ready Economies, ahead of New York City (17th), Hong Kong (25th) and Tokyo (32nd). Meanwhile, FDi, a division of the Financial Times, ranks Toronto a top five ‘city of the future’ and KPMG and Oxford Economics rank Canada the most ‘change-ready’ country in the Americas.

Toronto is the most sustainable city in North America

The Sustainable Cities Index, carried out by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr), rated Toronto as North America’s most sustainable city. Toronto ranked particularly well in ‘environmental performance’, finishing first in North America and ninth globally.

Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world

With more than 200 languages spoken and about half of its citizens foreign-born, Toronto is often called one of the most multicultural cities in the world.

Toronto is a global top 20 start-up ecosystem

Owing to its high ratings for performance, availability of funding and entrepreneurial experience, Compass rates Toronto one of the best start-up ecosystems in the world.

Study after study ranks Toronto the best place to live

The Economist, Metropolis Magazine, ECA International and others continually praise Toronto for its liveability. The Economist named Toronto the best place in the world to live based on ratings of its business environment, cost of living, liveability, personal safety, food safety and freedom and democracy.

Import / Export Statistics for Ontario

Ontario’s Exports and Imports (Goods)
$C millions 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Total Exports $147,766 $168,184 $180,481 $187,070 $189,796 $208,198 $235,524 $249,544 $240,768
Total Imports $207,145 $235,076 $255,071 $261,871 $269,693 $295,601 $325,431 $333,649 $347,258
Ontario Imports and Exports

Ontario Imports and Exports

Top 10 Export Destinations 2017 (Goods) Top 10 Import Sources 2017 (Goods)
By Country By US State By Country By US State
(% of All Ontario Exports) (% of All Ontario Exports) (% of All Ontario Imports) (% of All Ontario Imports)
United States 82.07% Michigan 23.62% United States 55.53% Michigan 8.28%
United Kingdom 6.28% California 12.58% China 12.37% Ohio 5.49%
China 1.47% New York 6.00% Mexico 8.21% New York 4.11%
Mexico 1.37% Ohio 3.83% Japan 3.75% Indiana 3.79%
Germany 0.81% Pennsylvania 3.40% Germany 2.52% Illinois 3.28%
Japan 0.71% Illinois 3.29% Korea, South 1.66% Texas 2.84%
Hong Kong 0.51% Texas 3.21% Italy 1.21% Tennessee 2.40%
Saudi Arabia 0.43% Indiana 2.75% Switzerland 0.98% Kentucky 2.22%
Italy 0.39% New Jersey 1.82% Vietnam 0.86% Pennsylvania 2.21%
Netherlands 0.33% Washington 1.69% United Kingdom 0.84% California 2.10%
Ontario’s Top 10 Exports 2017 (HS4 Equivalent)
Autos 24.94% Bread, pastry, cakes, etc. 1.09%
Gold – unwrought 6.99% Furniture 1.00%
Motor vehicle parts 5.31% Turbojets, turbopropellers, etc. 0.97%
Medications – packaged for retail use 2.24% Helicopters, aircraft, and spacecraft parts 0.91%
Engines 1.28% Seats 0.83%

Snapshot of Canada

Canada is a high-tech industrial society with a high standard of living with an estimated population of 37 million people and a GDP per person of $42,157 USD (2016 estimate).

Statistics for Ontario

  • Population: 14,374,084 (April 1, 2018)
  • GDP ($ – Nominal): 830,302,000,000
  • Primary household income ($): 547,633,000,000
  • Primary household income per capita ($): $38,584
  • Distribution of GDP – Goods: 22.1 %
  • Distribution of GDP – Manufacturing: 11.7%
  • Distribution of GDP – Services: 77.9%
  • Exports 2017 ($) 415,376,000,000
  • Imports 2017 ($) 412,812,000,000

Source

Canada Global Rankings:

  • 2nd best country in the world in a survey conducted by Y&R’s BAV Group and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
  • 3rd in the world in proven oil reserves and is the world’s fifth-largest oil producer.
  • 7th best school system in the world (OECD survey of 72 member and non-member states).
  • 7th happiest country in the world, according to the 2018 World Happiness Report.
  • 8th in the overall Prosperity Index rankings (Legatum Prosperity Index).
  • 9th – Canada’s economic freedom score is 77.7, placing the country 9th on the 2018 Heritage Foundation Economic Freedom list.
  • 10th largest economy in the world (15th at PPP).
  • 11th largest export economy in the world and the 21st most complex economy according to the Economic Complexity Index (ECI).
  • 22nd out of 190 countries for ease of doing business by the World Bank.

Canada Business Statistics:

  • On a year-over-year basis, retail e-commerce rose 8.8% while total unadjusted retail sales increased 0.8%.
  • Following three consecutive monthly increases, retail sales in April 2018 reached $49.5 billion.
  • Manufacturing sales reached $56.2 billion in April 2018.
  • Employment rose by 32,000 in June 2018 (Unemployment at 6.0%).
  • There are 1.17 million employer businesses in Canada. Of these, 1.14 million (97.9 percent) businesses are small businesses, 21,415 (1.8 percent) are medium-sized businesses and 2,933 (0.3 percent) are large enterprises.
  • 15.7 percent of SMEs are majority owned by women and 19.7 percent are equally owned by women and men.
  • The service sector is Canada’s biggest economic driver.
  • The country is a significant exporter of energy, food and minerals.

The Canadian Economy:

  • In 2016, Canada exported $364B and imported $388B, resulting in a negative trade balance of $24B.
  • The top exports of Canada are Cars ($48.9B), Crude Petroleum ($39.6B), Vehicle Parts ($10.5B), Refined Petroleum ($8.34B) and Sawn Wood ($7.79B), using the 1992 revision of the HS (Harmonized System) classification.
  • The top imports are Cars ($26.4B), Vehicle Parts ($20.4B), Delivery Trucks ($12.9B), Refined Petroleum ($10.8B) and Crude Petroleum ($10.3B).
  • The top export destinations of Canada are the United States ($268B), China ($16.3B), Japan ($8.49B), Mexico ($7.83B) and the United Kingdom ($7.3B).
  • The top import origins are the United States ($207B), China ($46.7B), Mexico ($23B), Germany ($12.1B) and Japan ($10.7B).

Trade Mission Schedule

Throughout the day

Arrival at Toronto Pearson International Airport

Arrival of participants from their various countries of origin. Participants are asked to make their way directly to the hotel from the airport.
Throughout the day

Hotel Check-in

Preferred Mission Hotel: Chelsea Hotel Toronto - 33 Gerrard Street Wes, Downtown Toronto, Toronto (ON), Canada, M5G 1Z4 Trade Council staff will be on-hand at the hotel throughout the day to assist mission attendees as they arrive.
5:00PM - 5:30PM

Roll Call and Briefing

  • Roll call for Mission Participants
  • Distribution of Mission Welcome Packs
  • Introduction to ITC Staff
  • Basic house keeping and last minute notices for attendees
  • Q&A
5:45PM - 6:45PM

Opening Ceremony

  • Welcome speeches from local Government Officials
  • Welcome speeches from local Chambers of Commerce
  • Networking & Photograph Opportunity
7:00PM - 9:00PM

Welcome Dinner

Network with fellow attendees, sponsors and officials over a sumptuous dinner.

*Only mission participants and ITC-invited Canadian based officials. Please bring your business cards. Name tags will be supplied by the Council.

7:00AM - 8:00AM

Breakfast

Informal networking breakfast for those staying in the official hotel of the trade mission.
8:30AM - 9:30AM

Panel Discussion “Doing Business in Canada and Ontario”

Mission Attendees are invited to listen to experts from Government, Chambers of Commerce and top corporations in Canada speak on the following topics:
  • Economy of Canada and Ontario
  • Incentives for doing business in Canada and Ontario
  • Modes of market entry
  • Canada as a gateway to the USA and Mexico
  • Understanding the business culture
9:30AM-10:15AM

Panelist Q&A

An opportunity to ask questions and directly engage with panelists.
10:15AM-10:40AM

Morning Tea

Take a break and mix with panelists and other Mission Participants.
Midday - 1:00PM

Lunch

Mission Participants can choose lunch at the hotel or eat in any of the restaurants nearby.

*Lunch expenses are borne directly by each Mission Participant unless otherwise stated. i.e. Lunch is not included in the Mission Participation fee.

1:00PM - 2:00PM

Set up for Export Cafe

Mission Participants to set up their banner(s)/standee(s), brochures, business cards, product sample(s) on the tables provided.
2:00PM - 5:30PM

Export Cafe / Export Seminar

Mission Participants will have the opportunity to showcase their products and services to Canadian-based business owners and company executives from across a broad spectrum of industries. Select Mission Participants will also be able to give a brief (7 minute) PowerPoint presentation on an educational topic of interest to the invited audience. (All presentations must be approved prior to the Mission).
5:30PM - 6:00PM

Clearing Up of Export Cafe

Mission Participants to pack away export cafe materials.
6:30PM - 7:30PM

Dinner

Mission Participants can choose to eat dinner at the hotel or eat in any of the restaurants nearby.

*Dinner expenses are borne directly by each Mission Participant unless otherwise specified. i.e. This dinner is not included in the Mission Participation fee.

7:45PM-8:45PM

Optional City Tour

Come and experience the country with our local guides on this tour of the city.
7:00AM - 8:00AM

Breakfast

Informal networking breakfast for those staying in the official hotel of the trade mission.
8:30AM - Midday

Business-to-Business Meetings

Time allocated to pre-scheduled business-to-business meetings for each Mission Participant.
Midday - 1:00PM

Lunch

Mission Participants can choose lunch at the hotel or eat in any of the restaurants nearby.

*Lunch expenses are borne directly by each Mission Participant unless otherwise stated. i.e. Lunch is not included in the Mission Participation fee.

1:00PM - 5:30PM

Business-to-Business Meetings

Time allocated to pre-scheduled business-to-business meetings for each Mission Participant.
6:30PM - 7:30PM

Dinner

Mission Participants can choose to eat dinner at the hotel or eat in any of the restaurants nearby.

*Dinner expenses are borne directly by each Mission Participant unless otherwise specified. i.e. This dinner is not included in the Mission Participation fee.

7:45PM-8:45PM

Optional City Tour

Come and experience the country with our local guides on this tour of the city.
7:00AM - 8:00AM

Breakfast

Informal networking breakfast for those staying in the official hotel of the trade mission.
8:30AM - Midday

Business-to-Business Meetings

Time allocated to pre-scheduled business-to-business meetings for each Mission Participant.
Midday - 1:00PM

Lunch

Mission Participants can choose lunch at the hotel or eat in any of the restaurants nearby.

*Lunch expenses are borne directly by each Mission Participant unless otherwise stated. i.e. Lunch is not included in the Mission Participation fee.

1:00PM - 5:30PM

Business-to-Business Meetings

Time allocated to pre-scheduled business-to-business meetings for each Mission Participant.
6:30PM - 7:30PM

Dinner

Mission Participants can choose to eat dinner at the hotel or eat in any of the restaurants nearby.

*Dinner expenses are borne directly by each Mission Participant unless otherwise specified. i.e. This dinner is not included in the Mission Participation fee.

7:45PM-8:45PM

Optional City Tour

Come and experience the country with our local guides on this tour of the city.
7:00AM - 8:00AM

Breakfast

Informal networking breakfast for those staying in the official hotel of the trade mission.
8:30AM - Midday

Business-to-Business Meetings

Time allocated to pre-scheduled business-to-business meetings for each Mission Participant.
Midday - 1:00PM

Lunch

Mission Participants can choose lunch at the hotel or eat in any of the restaurants nearby.

*Lunch expenses are borne directly by each Mission Participant unless otherwise stated. i.e. Lunch is not included in the Mission Participation fee.

1:00PM - 2:30PM

Panel Discussion “Next Steps”

Mission Attendees are invited to listen to experts from top corporations speak on the following topics:
  • Protecting your brand
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Company formation and taxation
  • Human resourcing in Canada
  • The real estate market in Canada
2:30PM - 3:00PM

Panelist Q&A

An opportunity to ask questions and directly engage with panelists.
3:00PM - 3:30PM

Afternoon Tea

Join our panelists and other Mission Attendees for afternoon tea.
3:30PM - 5:30PM

Business-to-Business Meetings

Time allocated to pre-scheduled business-to-business meetings for each Mission Participant.
6:30PM - 8:00PM

Closing Dinner

Join Mission Participants and ITC staff for an informal closing dinner and speeches.
Throughout the day

Departures

Departures scheduled throughout the day for different international destinations. Arrangements can be made for additional sight-seeing for those departing late

Benefits of Attending

Benefits Package

Mission Participants will benefit from:

A pre-mission interview with our market experts to better understand your business objectives

Development of a list of qualified contacts / potential partners according to your interest

A minimum of 5 pre-arranged 1:1 business-to-business meetings with select organizations

Participation in the export café where they can meet other businesses and counterparts from our associated Chambers of Commerce and business associations in Canada

Off-site business meetings with potential business partners

Welcome pack including: market intelligence, name badge, mission program and detailed contact list of Canadian-based buyers, agents and product managers attending the Mission

Networking events to which you can invite guests

In-market briefings and panel discussions

Participants profile in the Trade Mission brochure

Assistance with logistics and guidance on Canadian customs

Pre-mission briefing webinar

Services of experienced Trade Mission managers

Post-mission followup briefing

Support for the Mission

Scheduled One-to-One Meetings

Prior to the Trade Mission you will be contacted by an accredited International Trade Council Export Consultant who will work to understand your business, your market potential and your desired target audience. They will then set appointments for you for the Trade Mission. We also strongly advise that you also use any contacts you may have or are looking to establish, to arrange your own meetings. Businesses that have the most success on our missions have always done a mix of meetings they have sourced as well as those arranged via the Council.

Pre-Mission Web Conference

A webinar briefing will be held at least two weeks prior to the Trade Mission. The briefing will provide market information and advice on how to do business in Canada. It is also an opportunity to connect with other participants in advance of the Mission and discuss the Mission logistics.

Shared Market Intelligence

Businesses attending the Trade Mission will have different levels of experience in the market.  Those new to the market will benefit from the experiences of others.  Members of the Trade Mission are invited to join other members of the group and our sponsor’s representatives each evening for dinner which provides an opportunity to discuss issues and ideas.

Mission Brochure

The Council will produce a brochure to promote the companies taking part in the Mission.  The text and contact details will be taken from your application form.  If you’re successful in your application we’ll ask you to supply a high-resolution head and shoulders photo to include in the brochure.

Press Coverage

We’d like to promote your connection with the Trade Mission. Therefore, if you’re successful in your application we’ll share your details with our public relations team.

Register for the Trade Mission now!

Secure your place before all spots are taken and lock in the early bird discount.

Trade Mission Tickets

Early Bird Pricing for Non-Council Members

$1125
Offer applicable for non-Council members who register and pay before the 15th of August 2018.Register Now
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Early Bird Pricing for Trade Council or Chamber of Commerce Members

$900
Offer applicable for active International Trade Council or Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce or North Kingston Chamber of Commerce or Regional Black Chamber of Commerce Members who register and pay before the 15th August 2018.Register Now

Standard Pricing After 15th August

$1950
Standard non-member pricing for those who register on or after the 15th of August 2018.Register Now

Need additional information? Want to take a colleague along at a discounted rate? Get in touch with one of our trade commissioners to discuss your specific needs.

Services Not Included in Ticket Price

Airfares and Accommodation Costs

It is the responsibility of each delegate to book and pay for their own airfares, accommodation and meals outside of the scheduled welcome dinner, after 5 drinks and networking breakfast. We will recommend a 4* hotel where the Council will conduct its opening ceremony, presentations, panel discussions, export cafe and business round-tables.  You can make your own travel arrangements but it is recommended that you stay in the mission hotel in order to make the most of the networking opportunities. Please do not book any travel or accommodation prior to receiving conformation of your place on the Trade Mission. The Council can assist in booking airfares and accommodation where requested.

Insurance

Trade Mission members are strongly advised to take out adequate travel and sickness insurance.  We always recommend that this insurance includes cover for cancellation of the visit for reasons beyond the control of the International Trade Council.  If a mission is cancelled for reasons beyond our control, the International Trade Council can take no responsibility for any loss you may incur.

Vaccinations

Please check necessary individual health precautions for the countries of the market visit with your local travel nurse.  The International Trade Council accepts no responsibility for advice in this specialized field.  For the latest available information on health requirements try this tool: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/canada

Visas

Many countries do not require visas to enter Canada for short stays. The Council will issue an official Letter of Invitation to those participants who do require a visa.  Before you travel to Canada, please check your visa requirements and make sure you have a valid visa if needed, or if your passport needs to be valid for a minimum period. Holders of non-standard passports and travel documents may also have different entry requirements. Click here to find out if you need to apply for a visa and other passport requirements.

Terms and Conditions of Participation

Cancellation

If you decide not to join the Trade Mission, and inform us by fax, letter or email, arriving on or before the 1st August 2018 we shall refund 50 percent of the Mission participation fee.  After 1st August 2018 there will be no refund.

General Terms and Conditions

The participant must submit a completed and signed registration form and supplemental application materials, including adequate information on the company's products and/or services, primary market objectives, and goals for participation.

Upon submission of the registration (whether online, via fax, email, post, courier or in person), the participation for the Trade Mission will be binding and the participation fee will be due.

The International Trade Council reserves the right to evaluate the ability of the applicant to meet the participation criteria.

The Trade Mission will take place if a minimum number of 25 companies is reached. In case of cancellation of the Trade Mission for this reason, the participation fee will be refunded.

The participant must hold and maintain travel and other appropriate insurances in connection with attendance at, and participation in, the Trade Mission.

Flight from your country of origin to Toronto and all hotel, food or ground transportation expenses outside the denoted meals and activities are borne by the participants

The participant accepts full responsibility for all the business and organizational outcomes arising from their participation. The International Trade Council will not be held responsible for the commercial endeavors of any party that participates in the trade mission.

The participant agrees to participate in a separate survey to evaluate the Trade Mission.

The International Trade Council reserves the right to reject any application without being obliged to discuss the reasons for doing so. Any decision made by the Council will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Refunds:

The Council will not provide refunds if your visa application to Canada is unsuccessful if any of the following situations have not been notified to the Council, in writing, prior to applicant applying to attend the trade mission:

  1. You have previously been rejected for a visa to Canada for any reason; or
  2. You have previously overstayed a visit to Canada for any period of time; or
  3. You have been deported from Canada at any time; or
  4. You have been convicted of any criminal offense in Canada, the United States of America or your home country; or
  5. You have direct relatives (either through yourself, your spouse or any adopted children) living in Canada.

Should the Council have been notified of the aforementioned then refunds will be entirely at our discretion.

Supported by:

Black Regional Chamber of Commerce

Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Guelph Chamber of Commerce

Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce

North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce

Market Intelligence

Learn more about the Canadian market by reading our regular blog updates.

Interested in Sponsoring?

If your organization is interested in sponsoring a panel discussion, breakfast, dinner, social mixer or other event during the Trade Mission, we’d love to hear from you. Send us a quick email and we’ll get right back to you.

Contacting the Council

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Contacting the International Trade Council

Mission Administrator
Melanie Walker
Email: mwalker@tradecouncil.org

ITC International Headquarters

Rond Point Robert Schuman 11, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 588 5803
Fax: +32 2 588 5804
Email: info@tradecouncil.org
Website: www.tradecouncil.org

United States of America
712 H Street NE, Washington DC 2002, United States of America
Tel: +1 202 869 0988
Fax: +1 202 869 1121

Canada Corporate Office
1918 St. Regis
Dorval QC H9P 1H6
Tel: +1 778 807 9713
Fax: +1 778 807 9657