A 25-member delegation from South Korea visited the city of Kastoria (May 8-13) where they held several business meetings with fur producers.
This visit was co-organized by Enterprise Greece, the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, South Korea’s Office of Economic & Business Affairs, the Kastoria Fur Association ‘Profitis Ilias’ and the Hellenic Fur Federation.
President of Hellenic Fur Federation Apostolos Tsoukas expressed his satisfaction for the agreements reached during the visit, and he added that similar meetings will be held with other countries’ enterpreneurs too, with the help of the Greek foreign ministry. However, he added that redirecting furriers to turn from the Russian to the Korean market will not be easy, as the latter’s size cannot make up for the size of transactions lost from the Russian market.
Some 100 b2b meetings took place and 20 visits were made to local fur factories, while dozens of agreements were concluded with businessmen, according to Enterprise Greece, who monitored the meetings.
Addressing the furriers, the Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry’s Secretary General of International Economic Relations & Extroversion Ioannis Smyrlis said that “even if the war [in Ukraine] were to stop today, relations with Russia would take longer than a month to normalize, so we must plan without Russia in mind.”
Asked about exemptions of fur products from economic sanctions against Russia, he stated that “the decision of the government is to ask for exceptions for Greek products affected by sanctions, but it is not possible to ask for exceptions for all Greek products, because the sanctions must be put into effect.”