Latest Internationalisation News

Notices of Anti-dumping proceedings

The European Commission has announced that it has imposed anti-dumping duties on imports of:

• Sodium cyclamate originating in China and Indonesia (based on an expiry review);
• Steel ropes and cables originating in China and extended to imports from the Republic of Korea (whether declared as originating in the Republic of Korea or not).

The Commission has also launched a notice of initiation of an anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of certain hold-rolled flat products of iron, non-alloy or other alloy steel originating in Brazil, Iran, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine. This initiation was triggered by the European Steel Association (Eurofer) on behalf of producers representing more than 25% of the total Union production of the product in question.

Companies wishing to receive more information or submit any views are kindly requested to contact Internationalisation Executive, Ms Lina El-Nahhal, on e-mail: [email protected].


Expression of Interest: Maltese Russian Business Council within the Malta Chamber of Commerce

The Internationalisation Desk of the Malta Chamber is examining the scope and interest in setting-up a Maltese Russian Business Council. If established, this entity would function as a horizontal committee within the Malta Chamber and seek to promote business linkages between Malta and Russia by creating events and networking opportunities relevant to this objective.

Companies who would be interested in forming part of such a committee are kindly requested to send an e-mail to Internationalisation Executive, Lina El-Nahhal on [email protected], also indicating the sector and the type of business they would like to do in Russia.

Business Enquiry from Uganda

A company from Uganda that manufactures freshly ground coffee is searching for a Maltese distributor.
Companies interested in being put in contact with this company are requested to contact Internationalisation Executive, Lina El-Nahhal on [email protected].


Business Enquiry from Spain

A Spanish manufacturer of flagpoles and flags is looking for partners in Malta.
Companies interested in being put in contact with this company are requested to contact Internationalisation Executive, Lina El-Nahhal on [email protected].


Business Enquiry from Egypt

An Egyptian manufacturer and exporter of CALCIUM CARBONATE (Natural & Treated) & TALC POWDER is looking into the Maltese market. These products can be used as a filler for the following industries – paint, plastics, paper, PVC, filler compound, etc.  

Established in 1978, the company owns its own mines in Upper Egypt. It has two factories in Egypt – the one in Cairo covers the local market while the one is Alexandria specializes in export. It exports more than 12,000 MT / Month to Africa, the Middle East, Europe & Asia.

Companies interested in being put in contact with this company are requested to contact Internationalisation Executive, Lina El-Nahhal on [email protected].


Business Delegation from Russia

A delegation of Russian entrepreneurs will be visiting the Malta Chamber on 20th July 2016. Their main activities are in dairy production, meat production, lighting & power supplies, and electronics. A B2B session will be organised at the Malta Chamber during the morning of 20th July 2016.

Companies interested in setting up a B2B meeting with one of the Russian companies are kindly requested to contact Internationalisation Executive, Lina El-Nahhal, on [email protected] by Friday 15th July 2016.


Towards Sustainable Mobility in Malta – Part 1 Setting the Scene

Date: 8th June 2016, Time: 14:30hrs, Venue: Malta Chamber, Valletta

The German-Maltese Business Council within the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry is organizing a series of 3 seminars this year on sustainable mobility in Malta.

The first seminar on setting the scene and assessing the current situation will be held on 8th June 2016 at 14:30hrs at the Malta Chamber.

The following seminars will identify the strategic options and different modes of transport as well as present possible solutions and good practices.

The first seminar will include presentations by local stakeholders and experts and will touch upon the current situation and the various aspects of mobility including the social, economical and sustainable aspects. This will then be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session. For the full programme, please click here.

Companies wishing to register their attendance for this event, are kindly requested to send an email to Internationalisation Executive, Lina El-Nahhal, on [email protected]

There is a participation fee of 10 EUR for non-members of the Malta Chamber.


“About Japan” Cross Cultural Workshop

Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) Malta in cooperation with EEN partner in Japan, the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, are organizing a cross-cultural workshop to introduce Maltese companies to the basic principles of Japanese business culture. This workshop will be held on 9th June 2016 at 10:00hrs at the Malta Chamber, Valletta.

The goal of the workshop is to prepare Maltese companies for doing business with Japan. Mr Olivier Van Beneden, Managing Director of Japan Consulting Office (JCO) and an expert consultant with over twenty years of experience working with Japanese companies, will cover the following points:
- Preparing your visit to Japan
- Your first meeting in Japan
- Follow-up with potential partners
- Receiving a visit of a Japanese delegation
- Signing a contract
- Quality, claims and customers service
- Socializing with Japanese

Other speakers include Mr Jeroen van der Donck, representative from EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, and H.E. Mr André Spiteri, Ambassador of Malta to Japan. The workshop will be opened and chaired by Mr Ian Mizzi, Chairman of the Asia Pacific Business Council within the Malta Chamber.

Please click here for the agenda.

Companies will also have the opportunity to set up an individual meeting with Mr Van Beneden and Mr van der Donck, following the workshop. Individual meetings will commence at 13:00hrs.

Companies are encouraged to register their attendance and/or book their individual meeting as early as possible as seats/slots are limited. Registrations are to be sent to Internationalisation Executive, Lina El-Nahhal, on [email protected] by Friday, 3rd June 2016.


Doing Business with Bulgaria

An event on Doing Business with Bulgaria will be organised on 31st May 2016 at 10:30hrs. at the Malta Chamber in Valletta. The aim of this event is to promote business opportunities between Malta and Bulgaria and to inform Maltese companies on what Bulgaria has to offer.

The Malta Chamber has managed to secure the participation of H.E. Mr Marin Raykov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to Malta (resident in Rome), and Dr Nadezhda Ivanova, Head of Commercial and Economic Section at the Embassy of Bulgaria in Rome. The event will also include a panel discussion where two Maltese businessmen who have experience in doing business with Bulgaria will also join the panel.

For full programme, please click here.

Companies will also have the opportunity to set up an individual meeting with Dr Ivanova, following the event.

Companies that are interested in attending this event and/or booking an individual meeting are kindly requested to send an email to Internationalisation Executive, Lina El-Nahhal, on [email protected].


Notices of anti-dumping proceedings

The European Commission has announced the initiation of an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of certain continuous filament glass fibre products originating in China. The measures currently in force are definitive anti-dumping duties imposed by Council Regulation (EU) No 248/2011 of 9 March 2011 and which are set at 7.3% for one Chinese exporting company while the nation-wide duty is that of 13.8%.

For more information on this case click here

Companies wishing to receive more information or submit any views are kindly requested to contact Internationalisation Executive, Lina El-Nahhal by emailing [email protected].


Czech glassware company in search of partners in Malta

A Czech glassware producer is interested in finding Maltese partners. This company can offer:

  • drinking glasses
  • decorative glasses (gold decoration)
  • cut crystal PK500 (clear glass or decorated with gold)

Should you wish to be put into contact with this company, kindly contact Internationalisation Executive, Ms Lina El-Nahhal by emailing [email protected].


Notices of anti-dumping proceedings

  • The European Commission has communicated in its official journal the decision to impose provisional anti-dumping duties on imports of aspartame originating in China. The provisional duties range between 55.4% for one Chinese exporting company to 59.4% for all other companies not listed.
  • The European Commission has officially disclosed in its official journal on 27 February 2016 that it has repealed the definitive anti-dumping duty imposed on imports of certain iron or steel fasteners originating in China, as well as to imports of the same product consigned from Malaysia, whether declared as originating in Malaysia or not. This measure was taken following a compliance report of the dispute settlement body of the WTO.

Members wishing to receive more information or submit any views are kindly requested to contact Internationalisation Executive, Lina El-Nahhal by emailing [email protected].


Industry Matchmaking - IMM 2016, Sofia, Bulgaria

Our Enterprise Europe Network partner in Sofia, "Bulgarian Industrial Association", in cooperation with Inter Expo Center in Sofia, invite companies to participate at the annual brokerage event with pre-arranged B2B meetings. This event is titled ‘Industry Matchmaking - IMM 2016’ and will take place on 7 April 2016 from 10.30am to 6pm during the following specialised international exhibitions:

This event will create the opportunity to forge new partnerships for research projects, technology transfer and business collaborations and/or participation in projects funded by European programmes.

Main sectors:

  • MachTech: metal-cutting and metal-working machines, welding equipment, pumps, compressors, hydraulic machines and tools, pneumatic machines and tools, laser equipment etc.
  • InnoTech: industrial automation and software, building automation systems, control & measurement equipment, industrial electronics, electrical mobility, electrical equipment, robotics, engineering and consulting;
  • Control and measurement devices, analytical and laboratory equipment, applicable software, electric industry and industrial electrical equipment, monitoring systems, environmental protection.

The event is free of charge and primarily targets companies and R&D institutions looking for technological, research and business cooperation.

Companies wishing to register for this event are kindly requested to contact Internationalisation Executive Lina El-Nahhal, on [email protected].

Match4Industry in Kocaeli, Turkey

26-27 May 2016

ABIGEM East Marmara, our Enterprise Europe Network partner in Kocaeli, Turkey is organising a brokerage event jointly in the TOSB Automotive Supplier Industrial Park and at the SANTEK Industry and Technology Fair in Kocaeli, Turkey between the 26 and 27 May 2016.

This 5th edition of the Match4Industry event will include targeted B2B meetings as well as optional on-site visits to companies’ premises.

The targeted sectors are automotive supply, metal and machinery, plastics and rubber, tire, chemical (automotive paints and coatings, automotive care products), construction and construction materials, energy, environment, electric-electronics, information and communication technologies, and women and entrepreneurship.

The participation fee is €80 per participant and includes business meetings, assistance before, during and after the event, local transfers to meeting points, translation (English to Turkish - Turkish to English), lunches, refreshments and a welcoming dinner.

The accommodation cost of the participants will be financed by the Republic of Turkey’s Ministry of Economy.

The Malta Chamber (as part of EEN) and the Maltese-Turkish Business Council will be organising a company mission to Turkey in connection with this event. Interested companies are kindly requested to send an email to Internationalisation Executive Lina El-Nahhal on [email protected] by Friday 19 February 2016.

Notices of anti-dumping proceedings

  • Measures on imports of fatty alcohols from India, Indonesia and Malaysia will be expiring by the end of 2016.
  • The European Commission has communicated that it has initiated anti-dumping proceedings on imports of certain hot-rolled flat products of iron, non-alloy or other alloy steel originating in China, and imports of certain heavy plate of non-alloy or other alloy steel produced in China.
  • The European Commission is investigating imports of certain seamless pipes and tubes of iron (other than cast iron) or steel (other than stainless steel), of circular cross section, of an external diameter exceeding 406.4mm originating in China.
  • The European Commission has notified Member States that it has amended the measures against imports of ammonium nitrate originating in Russia for one exporting Russian producer following an expiry review.
  • The European Commission has initiated anti-dumping proceedings concerning imports of certain lightweight thermal paper originating in South Korea.

Members wishing to receive more information or submit any views are kindly requested to contact Internationalisation Executive, Ms Lina El-Nahhal on e-mail at [email protected].

The German Maltese Business Council meet the German Ambassador in Malta

On Thursday 18 February 2016, the committee members of the German Maltese Business Council (GMBC) met with the new German Ambassador in Malta, Mrs Gudrun Maria Sraga at the Malta Chamber. Mrs Sraga was accompanied by Mr Olaf Rieck, Head of Economic Affairs at the German Embassy.

Mr Armin Eckermann, Chairman of the GMBC, introduced the business council and the committee members. He then gave a brief overview of the past events that have been organized by the GMBC in collaboration with the German Embassy, underlining the support and assistance that the German Embassy always gave to the GMBC.

Topics for future events and collaboration were also discussed.

Meeting with Candidates for Honorary Consuls of Malta in Turkey

On 18 February 2016, Internationalisation Executive, Ms Lina El-Nahhal, met with Mr Sinan Ozer and Mr Mehmet Derya Adiguzel, candidates for Honorary Consuls of Malta Turkey.

Ms El-Nahhal spoke about the Chamber and its structure. She also spoke about the Maltese Turkish Business Council and the interest in the Turkish market by Maltese companies.

She informed them about the visit to Turkey which took place last September as well the Chamber’s plans to organise a company mission to Turkey in May as part of Enterprise Europe Network.

Notices of anti-dumping proceedings

  • The EU has decided to terminate the anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of tartaric acid originating in China and produced by Hangzhou Bioking Biochemical Engineering Co. Ltd.
  • On 12 February 2016 the Commission communicated that it is extending the definitive anti-dumping duty imposed on imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules and key components (i.e. cells) originating in or consigned from China to imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules and key components consigned from Malaysia and Taiwan, whether declared as originating in Malaysia and in Taiwan or not. Moreover, it was also decided to extend the countervailing duty on imports from these countries.
  • Provisional anti-dumping duties were imposed on imports of certain cold-rolled flat steel products originating in China and the Russian Federation.

Members wishing to receive more information or submit any views are kindly requested to contact Internationalisation Executive, Lina El-Nahhal on e-mail at [email protected].

Meetings with Ambassadors of Belarus and Ethiopia

On 14 and 15 January 2016, President of the Malta Chamber, Mr Anton Borg met with Ambassador of Belarus in Rome, H.E. Mr Evgeny Shestakov, and Ambassador of Ethiopia in Rome, H.E. Mr Mulugeta Alemseged Gessese, respectively.

Mr Shestakov pointed out that Belarus is renowned for the production of steel products, potassium and toys. Other sectors include agriculture and machinery. Mr Shestakov extended an invitation to the President of the Malta Chamber to visit Belarus and the Chamber of Belarus.

During the meeting with the Ambassador of Ethiopia in Rome, Mr Gessese said that there is a lot of scope for business in Ethiopia. Both parties agreed that there is need to create awareness of the Ethiopian market in Malta and vice versa.

Business Enquiry from Cyprus

Representatives of a Cypriot company that manufactures various hotel guest amenity products will be visiting Malta between 16-19 February 2016 to meet with interested Maltese businesses.

The Cypriot company manufactures a wide range of products as per below:

  • Guest amenities: guest slippers, shampoos and conditioners, bath shower gels, soaps, vanity kits, shower caps, sewing kits, cotton balls, loofahs, dental sets, shaving sets etc.,
  • Bar & restaurant products: tooth sticks, glass covers, stirrers, etc.
  • Promotional items: pens, menu folders, pencils, etc. and kids sets.

The representatives would like to set up meetings with local suppliers of such items.

Interested members are kindly asked to contact Internationalisation Executive, Lina El-Nahhal, on [email protected].

Women Business Mission to the Sultanate of Oman

28 February – 4 March 2016

TradeMalta Ltd together with Malta Enterprise will be organising a business mission encouraging women leaders and entrepreneurs to explore business opportunities in the Sultanate of Oman.

This initiative is being supported by Bank Muscat and Riyada (The Public Authority of SME Development) of the Sultanate of Oman. This mission is intended for female entrepreneurs interested in developing business ties with the Sultanate of Oman, and will be held between 28 February and 4 March 2016.

Expressions of Interest should be sent for consideration to TradeMalta Ltd by Monday 8 February 2016.

Places on this business mission are limited and the Expressions of Interest will be adjudicated on the basis of:

  • Participants’ track record in international business.
  • Participants’ experience or preparedness in doing business in Oman.
  • The business case presented and the trade potential with the country visited.

Delegates will be given financial assistance to partly cover the cost of this visit.

Members interested in joining this delegation are kindly requested to send an email to Internationalisation Executive, Lina El-Nahhal, on [email protected].

How to improve productivity and reduce costs in manufacturing - call for applications for European Commission-funded programme in Japan

Malta Chamber’s Internationalisation Desk would like to bring members’ attention to the following training mission in Japan targeted at EU managers working in manufacturing companies and with knowledge of WCM and an engineering background.

This 5-day training mission entitled "World Class Manufacturing" is organised by EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation and provides:

  • In-depth analysis of Japanese manufacturing methodology
  • Lectures, seminars and panel discussions, presented by experts from Japanese industry
  • Company and factory floor (Gemba) visits
  • Preparation and post-visit reviews

Training dates in Japan: 27 June - 1 July 2016 -- Application deadline: Thursday, 24 March 2016

Special support for SMEs: No tuition fee and the European Commission grants €600 scholarships to participants from SMEs.

For more information on how to apply, members are kindly requested to contact Internationalisation Executive Lina El-Nahhal on [email protected]

Meeting with Dr Eyhab Jumean, CEO of the Office of H.H. Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

On 22 January 2016, Chairman of the Middle East Business Council, Mr Tonio Casapinta, together with Head of the Projects and Internationalisation Desk, Mr Lino Mintoff held a meeting with Dr Eyhab Jumean CEO of the Office of H.H. Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan son of the Ruler of Abu Dhabi. Ways and means of co-operation between Abu Dhabi and Malta were discussed with a view to establish a new working forum where businessmen of both countries could come together and do business. An MOU already exists between the Malta Chamber and its counterpart in Abu Dhabi and such developments are welcome as these high level contacts continue to develop. Dr Jumean also had a meeting with the President of the Malta Chamber, Mr Anton Borg.

Setting up of an Asia-Pacific Business Council

The Malta Chamber is seeking interest from members to set up an Asia-Pacific Business Council. This council will be a horizontal committee within the Malta Chamber, made up of Maltese companies that are interested in doing business with the Asia-Pacific region.

The aim of this business council will be mainly to promote and facilitate business opportunities between Malta and this region.

Members that are interested in doing business with this region, and becoming part of the Asia-Pacific Business Council are invited to attend an Introductory Meeting on Thursday 11 February 2016 at 3pm at the Malta Chamber.

To register, please send an email to Internationalisation Executive, Lina El-Nahhal, on [email protected].