Canada's economy is inclusive and welcomes trade from every part of the world. If you need proof, take a look at the many cross-country chambers of commerce and business associations that exist in the country. With expansive websites that are usually in English, but often include French or other translations, Canada has a wealth of information readily available online for exporters who wish to ship their goods to this part of North America.
Canada and the United States have the largest trade relationship in the world, but the country has strong trade agreements with Costa Rica, Chile, Mexico and other countries and participates in World Trade Organization and other global trading agreements. Its primary natural resources include petroleum and natural gas, metals and minerals, fish, forests, wildlife, and abundant fresh water. Moved from overview section.
Export and Import Facts
- 2010 export volume was an estimated US$ 406.8 billion, led by motor vehicles and parts, industrial machinery, aircraft, telecommunications equipment; chemicals, plastics, fertilizers; wood pulp, timber, crude petroleum, natural gas, electricity, and aluminum.
- Estimated import volume for the year was US$406.4 billion; leading imports include machinery and equipment, motor vehicles and parts, crude oil, chemicals, electricity, and durable consumer goods. Moved from overview section
Export/ Import Resources
This checklist of import requirements can help you determine the proper documentation to get started.
This website includes information on services to countries that wish to export their goods to Canada and is published in multiple languages, including English, French, Portuguese, Dutch, and others.
I.E.Canada (formerly the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters) is a nonprofit organization that helps to promote international trade and investment in Canada. This site includes a vast array of links and information about importing and exporting across Canadian borders as well as updates on informational events and conferences.
This portal from Canada-Manitoba Business Service Centre has a collection of useful links about importing into Canada. It includes step-by-step guides and information about key industry trade shows.
For an at-a-glance introduction to importing and exporting in Canada, the Office of the Chief Economist publishes collections of quick facts on Canadian trade.
Check out this guide by the Canada Border Services Agency, which focuses on reporting issues for exporters, among myriad other topics. It has a handy glossary that will help you understand the terminology used and defines those who qualify as exporters.
Take some time to explore this rich collection of links, separated into intuitive categories, that will answer most of your exporting questions. From accessing market research information, to devising market entry strategies, to abiding by laws, regulations and permits, this multifaceted site has many of the answers you need to be successful in exporting.
Maintained by Canada's largest trade organization, this website provides information, contacts and networking opportunities for Canadian companies that are interested in getting into the export game.
Export Development Canada (EDC) is wholly-owned by the Canadian government and provides financing, insurance and risk management solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international business. This website also includes regular trade updates that monitor international markets.
The Export and Import Controls Bureau (EICB) is responsible for administering the Export and Import Permits Act (EIPA), which helps control the flow of goods contained in specified lists provided for under the Act.
Canada's Import and Export Permits Act allows the EICB to set quotas on goods that imported and exported. This page on the agency's website has the latest information on import quotas.
This list of prohibited imports issued by the Canada Border Services Agency includes full-document and summary options regarding items that are not to be shipped into the country.
A handy reference list of commodity import/export codes.
Canada's economy is inclusive and welcomes trade from every part of the world, as is seen in this extensive list of its bilateral chambers of commerce and business associations: