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International Trade for Small Businesses

Expanding into new markets is a great way to diversify your income streams and widen your sales funnel. At Small Business BC, we’ve gathered a selection of resources that will help propel your business into new provinces, and even new counties.

Think your product is a great fit for international markets? Perhaps you’ve identified product gaps in Canada you can fill by importing from other countries. Prepare your business for the international marketplace by using our international trade guides, webinars and advisory services.

Get advice on importing and exporting from our experts

Small Business BC’s import export services provide you with expert trade advice relevant for your small business. Whether you are importing or exporting into Canada – we provide services for registering your import and export business. Follow step-by-step guidance to grow your business.

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How to import goods into Canada guide

Are you looking to export goods from Canada to international markets? Let Small Business BC help guide you through the process with our Guide to Exporting Goods from Canada.

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How to export goods from Canada guide

Download the guide and start your export business with the information and resources you need to make it a success. From creating a business plan to researching your target market, from understanding the laws and regulations to knowing the correct labelling requirements of each country.

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Get free export advice with the Export Navigator program

Export Navigator provides free one-to-one guidance from an advisor to help businesses move from stage to stage along the export pathway. Advisors bring specialized training and tools to help businesses navigate the range of programs and services available to them to help ensure a successful exporting journey. There are several regional providers of the Export Navigator program in B.C., which includes Prince Rupert, Dawson Creek, Prince George, Vernon, Nelson, Port Alberni, and Duncan.

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Take Export Navigator's Free Export Essentials Webinar

This free course provides an overview of the export process, explaining key concepts and outlining the steps you should take to grow your business beyond B.C.

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Hear from businesses trading abroad

Reid Hemsing - Two Wheel Gear

Learn how Reid Hemsing and Two Wheel Gear benefitted from exporting their range of bike pannier bags abroad to new markets.

Mild Napatsanan - Thai Roots Trading

Mild Napatsanan knows a thing or two about the food business. After all, she’s successfully founded several of them. Learn how Mild combined a love of Thai food with importing to create her food business.

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