Thinking of exporting abroad?
The Government of Canada has pledged to support Canadian firms like yours as they pursue opportunities in the global marketplace. Canadian firms of all sizes and in all sectors have successfully exported abroad. Those performing well can expect to see benefits from increased sales, lower market vulnerability and longer product life. Are you ready to compete in the global marketplace?
Why should I export?
Exporting to new markets is one way to grow your business and increase your sales. The more diverse your market, the less vulnerable you will be to downturns resulting from local or regional business cycles or from seasonal sales fluctuations. Also, many products have a natural life cycle in the domestic market. By introducing a product to a new market abroad, you could substantially increase its longevity.
Where to start?
Before you start exporting, it is important to determine whether you are ready. There are many things to consider such as your resources, customer profile and any product modifications that may be needed to fit the customer abroad, as well some other factors that are important in the evaluation process. View the Step-by-Step Guide to Exporting and begin exporting to your next market.
How do I choose an export market?
Canada has free trade agreements (FTAs) in force with more than 10 countries that provide a competitive advantage across a wide range of sectors. In addition, Canada has begun trade negotiations with more than 60 countries, including some of the world’s key markets. Whether you are choosing a market because of existing connections or have simply heard about its economic advantages and opportunities, FTAs can benefit you.
Who can help you?
Government of Canada resources
The Government of Canada offers a number of resources through its departments and agencies to help you export to a foreign market.