Import and Export: Frequently Asked Questions

As part of my role I regularly meet with clients looking to grow their business by importing or exporting. They arrive at our office with differing levels of business experience, and products that cover the entire business spectrum. As we discuss their unique importing and exporting needs, several common questions […]

International Trade: The Paradox of Choice

Entrepreneurs looking to expand into new markets have never had more access to high quality information. We can now research the pros and cons of each option available to us, but it hasn’t made our decision-making process any easier. A simple Google search leads us down a rabbit hole of […]

Export Navigator Program Expanded to Support Regional Exporters

Small Business BC, alongside our partners at the Province of B.C., Western Economic Diversification and Community Futures is pleased to announce the expansion of the Export Navigator Program. In 2018, total British Columbia goods exported worldwide were valued at $46 billion. The Export Navigator Program helps rural business owners […]

Are You Ready to Export to the European Union?

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union (CETA) entered into force on September 21, 2017. This agreement will give Canadian companies access to the world’s second largest integrated economy (28-member states), with more than 510 million consumers and a GDP of more than $21.7 trillion. […]

What is the CPTPP Trade Agreement?

The Government of Canada recently signed the CPTPP Trade Agreement. This acronym represents the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, a new free trade agreement between Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. It creates one of the largest trading blocs in the world, […]

6 Tips for Writing an Effective Export Plan

Exporting offers almost limitless growth potential for Canadian small business, but before you start prepping your product for foreign shores, you need to craft a written strategic export plan. Exports represent a huge driver of the Canadian economy. In September 2017 alone, exporting amounted for CAD 43.6 billion in […]

CETA – What You Need To Know

Canadian business received a boost today as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA, between Canada and the European Union provisionally came into effect. The deal grants Canadian companies much greater access to the world’s second-largest economy and our second-largest trading partner. Over 98 per cent of Canadian goods […]

10 Words You Need to Know Before Starting International Trade

When I started my career in international business, I was working at a startup selling medical equipment to Colombia. And I quickly learned the challenges of international business the hard way. So learn from my mistakes and read the 10 Words I wish I knew before engaging in international trade.

Exporting to Border States

When many small businesses think about growing their market, they often think about heading south to the US as a first step. The close proximity, similar culture and demographic make-up, makes it seem the obvious choice. But if you haven’t exported to another country before, and you’re not familiar with […]