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Importing and exporting

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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

  • 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.

  • $name (in French only)

  • Program Supporting the Development of Tourist Attractions — Stream 1 

    Investissement Québec
    Get a loan or loan guarantee between $150,000 and $5 million to cover up to 60% of project costs to boost the region's potential to attract tourists from other parts of Canada and abroad.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Free and Secure Trade 

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

  • FACTOR funding for the sound recording industry 

    Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings
    Get funding for the production and marketing of English-language Canadian sound recordings, domestic and international touring and showcasing, and more.

  • Canadian Signature Experiences 

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

  • 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.

  • Canada Book Fund Publishing Support 

    Canadian Heritage
    Contributions for ongoing production, marketing and distribution of Canadian-authored books, in Canada and globally.

  • 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.

  • Soutien aux exportations bioalimentaires 

    Agri-Food Export Group Québec-Canada
    Get a financial contribution of up to $80,000 covering up to 50% of eligible expenses for specific activities that help strengthen your company's export capacity and diversify your markets outside Quebec.

  • Industrial Agreement Programs 

    Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation
    Get a fixed sum of $1,200 or $1,500 for a trip to France and certain other European regions to acquire knowledge or intellectual property or to collaborate on R&D.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Innovexport Fund 

    Fonds Innovexport
    Get an equity or quasi-equity investment between $50,000 and $1 millon dollars as an initial disbursement for your project, with possible additional investments up to a maximum of $3 million.

  • 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.

  • Program Supporting the Development of Tourist Attractions — Stream 1 

    Investissement Québec
    Get a loan or loan guarantee between $150,000 and $5 million to cover up to 60% of project costs to boost the region's potential to attract tourists from other parts of Canada and abroad.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Soft Landing Program 

    Canadian Digital Media Network
    Get up to $4,000 to offset travel and accommodations costs to open new markets, close international sales, and secure investments abroad.

  • Free and Secure Trade 

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

  • 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.

  • Canada Brand 

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Branding, graphics, photos and other content to help you brand your Canadian food and agriculture products as Canadian.

  • ESSOR — Steel and aluminum 

    Investissement Québec
    Get loans and loan guarantees to cover 75% of special tariffs placed on your steel and aluminum export products, at 25% and 10%, respectively, for a maximum duration of 10 years.

  • Trade and investment agreements 

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

  • 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.

  • Business Assistance — Immigrant Investor Program 

    Investissement Québec
    Non-repayable contributions of $40,000 to $250,000 covering up to 10% of project costs for existing businesses and 15% for start-ups.

  • 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 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Canadian Commercial Corporation 

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

  • Canada Feature Film Fund 

    Telefilm Canada
    Financing for Canadian film producers to develop, produce and market movies in English or French in Canada and internationally.

  • 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 — 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Project Financing 

    Investissement Québec
    Loans, loan guarantees or capital investments of $50,000 and up for projects involving expansion, exporting, modernization, innovation, buildings and equipment, marketing and more.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • MUSICACTION 

    Musicaction
    Get funding for the production and marketing of French-language Canadian sound recordings, domestic and international touring and showcasing, and more.

  • Objective Growth - Sales and Marketing - BDC 

    ​Business Development Bank of Canada
    Boost your chances of success in national and foreign markets by analyzing your potential for growth.

  • Regional export promotion organizations (ORPEX) 

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Opportunities: Development and Humanitarian Aid Markets 

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • International trade workshops 

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

  • Doing business with NASA 

    Learn how to find opportunities and understand the procurement process of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

  • Step-by-Step Guide to Exporting 

    Find out what you need to know about exporting, including international market research, export planning, marketing, finances, logistics and legal aspects.

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