The Exporters’ Association of Crete, a Legal Entity of Private Law– of non profit character, was founded in December 1994, by the initiative of the businessmen and exporters of Crete with the collaboration and support of the Region of Crete, the Hellenic Foreign Trade Board (HEPO), the Exporters’ Association of Northern Greece (S.E.V.E.) and the Chambers of Crete. Its action and work are acknowledged by all the authorities that are active in the sector of export trade. Today, 160 Cretan exporting businesses are its members, which are active in the sectors of Foods & Beverage, Industrial products, Agricultural products- Alteration and Popular Art.
Since April 1995 the Association has been taking further steps, the most important of which include participation of the Association in domestic and international events, business delegations around the world, co-organizing of meetings, exhibitions and conventions, as well as the materialization of INTERREG II & III Programs and Measure 4.3 of the Ministry of Rural Development and Foods – Promotion of Exports.
During this passing period significant efforts have been made for the improvement of the total services of the Exporters’ Association of Crete and for the expansion of its activities’ spectrum. The starting point of our effort was the successful outcome of the works of the Pan-Cretan Export Pre-Convention. Businessmen and experts in the field of export trade presented the achievements and the problems of their enterprises and pointed out the imperative need for the existence of this coordinated effort on behalf of all the exporters, and furthermore of all the authoritiesrelated to export trade, in order to promote the sector so as to help the Cretan products gain the value, the fame and the reconcilability they deserve among the rest of the international competition products.
The Exporters’ Association of Crete tries to establish its own mark through informative actions for its members, actions that deal with exhibitions, daily events, conferences, request bills for products by foreign countries, and also through the support of its members who wish to participate in international events sponsored by the Association.
In an environment of high demands and intense antagonism we secure the presence and the promotion of our products to the international markets and we continue our effort dynamically to reinforce the extroversion of the Cretan enterprises and support their exportable capability.