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Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and small and medium-sized enterprises

Expanding into new foreign markets can be challenging, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Parties to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) recognize the importance of SMEs in the creation of high-quality jobs and in inclusive economic growth, and they are committed to helping SMEs better participate in international trade and regional supply chains by breaking down barriers.

Benefits of the CPTPP for SMEs

SMEs represent over 99% of Canadian businesses and almost 90% of all private-sector jobs in Canada. They form the backbone of the Canadian economy and are integral to economic prosperity across the country. However, only 11% of Canadian SMEs are doing business in the global marketplace. The negotiation and implementation of FTAs, such as the CPTPP, can help SMEs expand their businesses and take advantage of new opportunities in markets abroad.

The CPTPP can benefit Canadian SMEs by enhancing their ability to participate in and benefit from the opportunities created by the agreement and international trade by:

Tools and resources for SMEs

How can Canada help you succeed?

A number of tools and resources are waiting for you.

Contact trade commissioners

Canadian trade commissioners are located in more than 160 cities worldwide, and can provide you with key business insights and access to an unbeatable network of international contacts.

Invest in Canada

Canada’s business-friendly environment is built on world-class cities that consistently rank as the best places to live, work and play.

Business women in international trade

Networking opportunities, events and activities for women doing business across borders.

Participate in a trade mission

Information on Canada's trade missions and other international trade events for Canadian exporters.

Get funding and support for exporting into new markets

Get financial support, access co-development opportunities and pursue opportunities in new markets.

Canada Tariff Finder

Search for your product by keyword or harmonized system (HS) code. Find out what tariff rate you could claim when exporting to markets with which Canada has a free trade agreement.

There has never been a better time to diversify.”

Resources for SMEs

CPTPP market information

Discover each of the CPTPP markets, and find the relevant market analysis and contact information to start trading in the CPTPP region.







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