Havana International Trade Fair

Finland was successfully presented at FIHAV2016
The Largest and Most Important Trade Fair in the Latin American Region, bigger and better than ever in 33 years (Havana, Cuba, Nov 2016)

Casa Finlandesa Ltd. joined the Havana International Trade Fair this year together with 
Lamor – The Market Leader in Oil Spill Response and Environmental Solutions,  
Vaisala  -Global Leader in Environmental and Industrial Measurement
Cleantech Finland representing Clean Water Companies and 
Championdoor -Manufacturer of the most reliable Hangar and Industrial Doors.
Cuba´s Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, opened the Fair and stated that the FIHAV Trade and Business Fair will show the trust and consolidation that foreign investors have in the Cuba Market, through participation of companies from 75 countries, which was 11 more than 2015, and 15 high-level delegations, including ministers. Also present were 67 Chambers of Commerce offices from around the world, which points to increasing global confidence in the Cuban Market.
The updated 3rd portfolio of business opportunities was launched during the Fair, including new projects for foreign investment with proposals in renewable energy, oil exploration and nickel mining sectors.
All sectors of Cuban economy took part in the Fair, including Sustainable Technologies, Infrastructure, Oil and Gas, Industrial Machinery, Education and Information and Communication Technologies.
There are many reasons to attend FIHAV Havana; it has been a proven entry strategy into Cuba, as Cuban buyers and other Cuban stakeholders consider the attendance at FIHAV a part of the pre-selection process, it establishes both the reputation of your brand and a level of endorsement for Cuban business interests. Exhibiting at FIHAV has been a proven growth strategy for international companies in Cuba, and presence at FIHAV can result in finalized sales contracts. Some major companies which have signed deals with Cuba include Unilever, Alcatel, Castrol Oil, NH Hotels and Mitsubishi.

“For Vaisala it was very important to participate in the FIHAV2016. The main Cuban authorities were there and it was very productive to be able to have face to face meetings with them. After the initial contact it will be much easier to establish a working relationship. Thank you to Casa Finlandesa for all the arrangements and facilitating those meetings.”​  
César Guerrero Córdoba, Regional Sales Manager, Vaisala. 

Confidence in the Cuban Market and doing business with the country is growing and nothing shows it more than Havana´s FIHAV Trade Fair.

For more information on FIHAV 2017 and business opportunities in Cuba please contact;

Mr. Esa Pernu, Partner, +358 50 3133 907esa.pernu@casafinlandesa.fi
Mr. Juan Carlos Guzmán Monet, Partner,  jcgm@casafinlandesa.fi
Mr. Jouni Korpisaari, Partner,  jouni.korpisaari@casafinlandesa.fi
Ms. Hanna Sarkeala, Partner, +358 44 0110 706, hanna.sarkeala@casafinlandesa.fi



FIHAV is a well-established fair that takes place annually since 1983. It is the most important general trade fair in Cuba and the Caribbean, as well as one of the most representative from Latin America.


All sectors of the Cuban economy will take part in this event, which succeeds in putting together the most complete national and international trade exhibition in a space that enables exhibitors and visitors to establish commercial contacts, close business operations, exchange experiences and update in new technological developments.

In its 33rd issue FIHAV will have more than 20,000 m2of net exhibition area, around 4,500 national and foreign exhibitors from over 60 countries, and expects to receive 150,000 visitors and the participation of important foreign official and business delegations, thus consolidating as a way of promoting Cuba´s international links and relations with the entire world.



FIHAV is a multi-sector trade fair with raw materials, foodstuffs, textiles, consumer goods, machinery and equipment, technology and services as its main areas.



The Expocuba fairground is Cuba’s largest exhibition center. It is located on the highway Carretera del Rocío, Km 3 ½, in the municipality of Arroyo Naranjo. It lies some 25 Km southeast of downtown Havana. It has an area of 600,000 m2, 25,000 m2 of net exhibition area and 25 pavilions for exhibitions.

The participating enterprises are grouped by countries. Depending on the area required, they may have part of a pavilion, an entire pavilion or several pavilions.