Alberta Trappers Fur Depot
TO THE MEMBERS OF THE ALBERTA TRAPPERS ASSOCIATION
Sept 10th 2020 from https://www.furharvesters.com
The 2019/2020 Fur marketing season was without question the most difficult in history and continues to be. Unprecedented events have taken place from the falling of North American Fur Auctions (NAFA) formally the Hudson Bay Co. The Covid19 Global pandemic which resulted in all International travel denied into Canada. Canada Goose announcing their SOFT exit from using fresh coyote trim. Oil prices going into the negative!!!! . Top end luxury fur shops being closed all year across the globe.
FHA was set to host its March 2020 auction in Toronto at the NAFA facility. We made this decision in an effort to help the great number of trappers that had unsold fur at NAFA. We were going to sell our goods 1st directly followed by NAFA`s fur from last season. We asked for assurance on 2 points prior to committing to host this auction. The first that all trappers would get paid that had fur at NAFA on this auction and that the closing date on the sale of the NAFA facility would not be earlier than April 30th 2020.
We were given these assurances by the court and were set to proceed until a week before going on show in Toronto Trudeau closed our borders to all International travelers. This forced us to develop an online auction platform in under a week. This auction actually outperformed all our expectations on several items such as beaver, raccoon, muskrat and eastern coyotes. Western coyotes met with resistance as the Canada Goose press release was out prior to this auction. We did our best to sell Private treaty throughout the summer at levels we thought were realistic in these unprecedented times.
The next hurdle was to pick a sale date. We canvassed the global fur trade and most all felt a late summer auction would be best and the pandemic would be over.
Despite the stifling travel restrictions that were implemented by our Federal Govt. FHA`s live auction went ahead August 30 and 31st. There were only Canadian brokers in the auction room as foreign buyers could not attend due to the feds travel restrictions.
FHA made the best out of this difficult situation by working with many European and Chinese customers and matching them up with Canadian brokers. We also made a photo gallery where buyers could see pictures of each sample. This is a major task but in the end was much appreciated by the customers who could not attend in person. Furthermore several of our high end European accounts requested we go a step further and send videos of specific lots that were of interest to them.
The pandemic has hit retailers hard as many high end stores located in fashion centers in major cities around the globe remain closed. This year no one is going on a shopping spree in New York, London, Paris, Milan or Hong Kong. If retailers are hurting so are manufacturers and you the front line producer.
The one bright spot is online selling and this bodes well for manufacturers of Parkas and is part of the reason we achieved better results for our western coyote collection at our August sale. Although we all like to see higher prices, realistically in 2020 our live auction was a success considering everything that was against us.
The only weak spot in the western coyote collection was the D colored coyotes and this weak demand for tawny brown colors carried over into our eastern assortment.
In an effort to maximize clearances for our shippers after the last hammer we transformed our unsold lots onto an online auction platform.
We are trying everything possible to sell your furs in this Pandemic era. We appreciate very much working with Alberta Trappers Association and the great trappers of this province. We thank you all for entrusting FHA in the marketing of your fur and we don’t take this for granted.
We know better days are ahead but until then we must endure and trappers are a breed that leads the way when it comes to facing hardships.
On behalf of myself and the entire team at FHA we wish you a successful AGM.
Chief Executive Officer, FHA
PS... Checks will be issued to all trappers by the last week of Sept.
Due to fur storage temperature requirements, the Fur Depot will accept fur for shipping
or for tanning
October 1 - May 31, if weather permits.
We thank you for calling ahead prior to bringing in your fur.
The depot will be pleased to handle your furs for tanning. Fees for tanning are required when furs are brought in for shipping.
The depot will obtain the necessary export permits and will advise you when furs are returned for pick up. A schedule of tanning fees is available upon request.
Furs submitted for tanning must be dried and properly formed, otherwise spoilage might take place. The Association will not be responsible for improperly prepared pelts.
Housed in the back of the Alberta Trappers’ Association building is the fur receiving depot. Here, trappers can bring their furs for shipment to various auction houses.
Occasionally, the depot may purchase specific furs through an agreement with other fur buyers.
Trappers can ship their fur to various auction houses.