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The USA & Canada 11.-16.6 & 19-20.6.2023

Trade mission to the USA and Canada

Register for the visit no later than 17 February 2023!


Further Information

Ms. Ulla Lainio
Commercial Counselor, Business Finland, Washington D.C. (-7h time difference from Finland)
+1 (332) 223-0027 (US)

Ms. Katerina Ioannou
Senior Advisor, Business Finland, Toronto, ON (-7h time difference from Finland)
Tel: +1 647-241-5953

Ms. Erna Kare
Project Manager, Delegations, Business Finland
+358 50 511 4502

Business Finland Trade Mission to visit shipyards in the United States and Canada

11-16 June 2023 (USA)
19-20 June 2023 (CANADA)

Business Finland is organizing a trade mission to the United States (June 11-16) and Canada (June 19-20). In the US, the aim of the trade mission is to visit selected shipyard locations: Mississippi, Louisiana, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin and meet with the US Coast Guard in Washington DC. In Canada, the aim is to visit the shipyards in Quebec (Quebec City) and in British Columbia (Vancouver). These shipyards are building ice-going, offshore wind, passenger, commercial or navy vessels.

The shipyards to be visited have been selected based on their vessel types, current and upcoming projects, clientele, activity level, size and orderbooks. The shipyards building icebreakers or ice-going vessels, offshore wind vessels, passenger ships, river cruise ships and naval surface vessels are prioritized.

The delegation will meet with the management and decision makers, technical buyers, and design departments of the shipyards. Goal of the meetings will be to learn about current and upcoming vessel projects, local content requirements, national grants, and programs, as well as present Finnish companies’ products, services and solutions to the technical teams of the shipyards.

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Who should attend?

Finnish companies and research organizations focusing on shipbuilding, ship design, marine technology, arctic shipping solutions, subcontracting or offshore wind vessel technology are strongly encouraged to participate.

We welcome Finnish companies traveling from Finland that are pursuing business opportunities in the US and Canada. Finnish companies’ local representatives in the US or Canada are also welcome to join the delegation.

We are closely following the Covid-19 travel restrictions and upcoming changes related to them. Kindly note that all delegates are required to have proof of two vaccinations to be able to take part in the visit program.

Kindly note that participation is limited to 12 companies (max. 2 participants per company) on a first come - first served basis.

Preliminary program


To cover the costs of arranging the visit to the US and Canada, Business Finland will charge a participation fee. The participation fee has been divided per country and it is possible to choose in which country(ies) you would like to participate in, through the registration.

To cover the expenses of arranging the visit to the USA during 11-16 of June 2023, Business Finland will charge a participation fee.

  • Micro businesses and SMEs: EUR 1870 + 24% VAT per person
  • Major companies: EUR 2200 + 24% VAT per person

To cover the expenses of arranging the visit to Canada during 19-20 June 2023, Business Finland will charge a participation fee.

  • Micro businesses and SMEs: EUR 980 + 24% VAT per person
  • Major companies: EUR 1150 + 24% VAT per person

Delegates flying from Finland and participating the visit program in Canada will have the opportunity to return to Helsinki before Midsummer.

Business Finland will invoice the participation fee after the visit based on the actual costs. The invoiced fee will not exceed the amounts mentioned above. Kindly note that the participation fee does not include flights or accommodation of the participant nor meals outside the business delegation program.