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Do you plan to offer your products and services globally or need international partners to help you enter new markets? Before doing business abroad, it is important to understand the basics of the import and export process.

Our advisors can help you prepare effectively by informing you about the steps and the laws and regulations in effect before starting your import and export activities.


» Contact us today to quickly get answers to your questions and receive a free assessment in order to establish a solid foundation for all your international projects.

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QUICKLY FIND THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO START IMPORTING AND EXPORTING

Consult our guides and these free, practical resources to help you understand import and export mechanisms and find the financing programs available to you.

IMPORTING – SUPPORT PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

  • Quebec International — International recruiting 

    Québec International
    Access a network of experts to help you hire international talent for your business. Attend workshops, networking events and recruiting missions.

  • Canada Consumer Product Safety Act 

    ​Government of Canada
    ​If you manufacture, import, distribute or sell products, find out what you need to do to ensure that your products are safe.

  • International trade and investment 

    ​Business and industry Canada
    ​Find resources to help support your trade activities, especially if you are new to importing or exporting.

  • Business immigration programs 

    Immigration and citizenship
    ​Interested in moving to Canada to start a business? Find out if you can immigrate as a self-employed individual or receive a start-up visa.

  • Exporters of Processing Services Program 

    Department of Finance Canada
    Your Canadian manufacturing service company may qualify to import certain goods without paying GST or HST if those goods are later exported.

  • Customs Self Assessment Program 

    Canada Border Services Agency
    Importers, carriers and registered drivers may be able to reduce the time and cost of doing business with the Canada Border Services Agency.

  • Free and Secure Trade 

    Canada Border Services Agency
    Get pre-approved to move low-risk goods faster through the Canada-U.S. border.

  • Advance rulings for tariff classification 

    ​Canada Border Services Agency
    Get confirmation on the rate of duty that will apply to goods you plan to import.

  • CANPASS 

    ​Canada Border Services Agency
    ​If you are a frequent and low-risk traveller, you can apply for access to speedier and easier entry into Canada.

  • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card 

    ​Canada Border Services Agency
    ​You can use this card to help you cross the border faster when you travel for business to participating countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • NEXUS 

    ​Canada Border Services Agency
    You can use this card to help you cross the Canada-U.S. border faster when you travel for business.

  • COVID-19: Waiving tariffs on certain medical goods 

    Canada Border Services Agency
    If your business imported certain medical items into Canada on or after May 5, 2020, including PPE (masks, gloves, garments, sterilization products), you will not have to pay tariffs on those items.

  • Trade Accelerator Program 

    World Trade Centre Toronto
    Access to Canada’s top exporting advisors, resources and contacts, as well as the opportunity to work with industry leaders to build and implement a comprehensive export plan.

EXPORTING – SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS

IMPORTING – OTHER RESOURCES

  • International trade workshops 

    Learn about international trade topics such as transportation, letters of credit and cargo insurance. These workshops are available online.

EXPORTING – FINANCING

EXPORTING – SUPPORT PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

You could benefit from non-financial resources to succeed in your business venture.

  • Hypercroissance Québec 

    ​Startup Montréal
    Develop your innovative, fast-growing Quebec company by increasing your exports and accelerating your growth.

  • Agreement for construction sector labour mobility Ontario - Québec 

    Ministère du Travail
    Under this agreement, you are ensured equal treatment when bidding or working on construction projects in Ontario and Quebec.

  • CGLCC- Global 

    Canadian LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce ( CGLCC )
    Get connected with LGBT+ chambers of commerce and partnership opportunities around the world and leverage their expertise to help you do business abroad.

  • Quebec International — Selling and Exporting: Set your sights on the world 

    Québec International
    Get personalized coaching and expertise in marketing, e-commerce and exporting in Canada and abroad to increase your sales opportunities and reduce risks.

  • EDC — Export Help Hub 

    Export Development Canada
    Find the trade information you need from export advisors, in order to grow your business in new markets such as the U.S., European Union and Mexico. Get answers to questions about customs, financing, paying taxes and more.

  • BDC Advisory Services — Sales and marketing 

    ​Business Development Bank of Canada
    Get advice on action oriented approaches focused on developing and implementing a strategy plan to increase your sales through knowledge sharing, coaching and support.

  • Canada Consumer Product Safety Act 

    ​Government of Canada
    ​If you manufacture, import, distribute or sell products, find out what you need to do to ensure that your products are safe.

  • International trade and investment 

    ​Business and industry Canada
    ​Find resources to help support your trade activities, especially if you are new to importing or exporting.

  • Business immigration programs 

    Immigration and citizenship
    ​Interested in moving to Canada to start a business? Find out if you can immigrate as a self-employed individual or receive a start-up visa.

  • Exporters of Processing Services Program 

    Department of Finance Canada
    Your Canadian manufacturing service company may qualify to import certain goods without paying GST or HST if those goods are later exported.

  • Export Distribution Centre Program 

    ​Canada Revenue Agency
    ​If your non-manufacturing business adds limited value to goods destined for export, you could be exempt from paying GST/HST on certain imports.

  • Business Opportunities: Development and Humanitarian Aid Markets 

    ​Trade Commissioner Service
    ​Learn about export opportunities in international humanitarian and aid markets.

  • Free and Secure Trade 

    Canada Border Services Agency
    Get pre-approved to move low-risk goods faster through the Canada-U.S. border.

  • Accelerated Growth Service 

    ​Innovation, Science and economic Development Canada
    ​Does your company have annual sales of at least $5 million and show promising growth? You may be eligible for the CED support program.

  • Exporter Solutions 

    ​Canadian Trade Commissioner Service
    Connect with Trade Commissioners for assistance and advice for a wide range of export and international business-related topics such as preparing for international markets, assessing potential markets, finding qualified contacts and resolving business problems.

  • CANPASS 

    ​Canada Border Services Agency
    ​If you are a frequent and low-risk traveller, you can apply for access to speedier and easier entry into Canada.

  • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card 

    ​Canada Border Services Agency
    ​You can use this card to help you cross the border faster when you travel for business to participating countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • NEXUS 

    ​Canada Border Services Agency
    You can use this card to help you cross the Canada-U.S. border faster when you travel for business.

  • Trade and investment agreements 

    Global Affairs Canada​
    Learn about the agreements that can help protect your investments abroad.

  • COREX Program 

    Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec
    Get an export diagnostic and business plan, as well as help choosing trade corridors, finding suppliers and trading partners, and establishing your business.

  • Canadian Technology Accelerators 

    ​Global Affairs Canada, Trade Commissioner Service
    Get  mentoring, workspace in foreign markets and introductions to potential  partners, investors and customers in the clean-tech, information and  communications technology (ICT) and life sciences sectors.

  • EDC Trade Advisor 

    Export Development Canada
    Looking to grow internationally or diversify into new markets? A trade advisor can help you navigate a variety of options, providing you with market information, connecting you with other experts, and helping you start exporting quickly.

  • Canadian Commercial Corporation 

    Canadian Commercial Corporation
    Connect with foreign government buyers and the Canadian government when pursuing government procurement leads in another country.

  • Request for Tenders/Proposals — Nunavut 

    Department of Community and Government Services
    Access open tenders for goods and services to find opportunities that your company is qualified for.

  • EDC — Export Help 

    Export Development Canada
    Get export information, referrals to relevant business partners and answers to your questions about going global from a Trade Advisor. Advisors draw on their expertise and market know-how to help you find the resources best suited to your business to help you succeed abroad.

  • Canadian Signature Experiences 

    Destination Canada
    Your tourism business can apply to have a signature experience package promoted around the world.

  • Canada Tariff Finder 

    ​Global Affairs Canada, Trade Commissioner Service
    Get up-to-date tariff information for specific products and countries where Canada has a Free Trade Agreement. Compare rates for multiple products or countries to improve your cost forecasting and identify your best options.

  • Innovation Canada — Innovation Advisors in Quebec 

    Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
    If you're developing a new product, technology or process, an Innovation Advisor can provide you with free, one-on-one assistance to help you find the government supports that are right for your business. Our advisors are former entrepreneurs with established networks in both private and public sectors, and can help put you in touch with specialists in finance, technical advice and foreign market expertise, to help your business grow from here. Innovation Advisors help companies that are incorporated for profit in Canada. Is this you?

  • EDC — Select Credit Insurance 

    ​Export Development Canada
    Get fast short-term solutions to cover up to 90% of your insured losses, if your customer doesn't pay.

  • Coaching and strategic advice 

    Investissement Québec
    Take advantage of this free program and receive support on management, marketing, finances, human resources, technology, export, production and more.

  • Magnet — Export Growth Portal 

    Magnet
    Use this free export business portal to match your business with relevant events and opportunities based on your export readiness, sector, location and goals. Get timely email updates about resources and services from export experts, and access a customizable dashboard.

  • Regional export promotion organizations (ORPEX) 

    Investissement Québec
    Regional organizations provide export coaching, training and assistance.<

  • Global Bid Opportunity Finder 

    ​Canadian Commercial Corporation
    Use this web-based application, exclusive to Canadian companies, to search through, evaluate and bid on opportunities from around the world.

  • Yukon bids&tenders 

    Department of Highways and Public Works
    Access open tenders for goods and services to find opportunities that your company is qualified for.

  • Doing Business with the Government — British Columbia 

    Procurement Services
    Access open tenders for goods and services to find opportunities that your company is qualified for.

  • Trade Accelerator Program 

    World Trade Centre Toronto
    Access to Canada’s top exporting advisors, resources and contacts, as well as the opportunity to work with industry leaders to build and implement a comprehensive export plan.

  • SaskTenders 

    Ministry of Central Services
    Access open tenders for goods and services to find opportunities that your company is qualified for.

  • Canadian Trade Commissioner Service 

    Global Affairs Canada, Trade Commissioner Service
    Help to prepare your business for international markets, assess your organization’s potential, find contacts and resolve problems.

  • Agri-Food Trade Services for Exporters 

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    International market intelligence, in-market trade expertise, international trade shows and other assistance to help agri-food exporters.

  • BDC Advisory Services 

    Business Development Bank of Canada
    Connect with highly experienced specialists who can help you better manage your business, increase revenues and optimize operations.

  • International trade workshops 

    Learn about international trade topics such as transportation, letters of credit and cargo insurance. These workshops are available online.

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