Canada welcomes your business. It has always been a trading nation with rich natural resources. According to the Canadian government's 2008 Step-by-Step Guide to Exporting, globalization has enhanced Canada's position in the world marketplace, with imports and exports making up two-thirds of the country's gross domestic product. And they're good at it. The World Bank's "Doing Business In" project, which provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 181 economies and selected cities, ranks the country seventh in the world in ease of doing business.
Whether you are interested in exporting your goods to Canada or forming a joint venture with a Canadian company, the following resources can help guide you to the key resources you'll need to make your endeavor a success. While most of the resources that follow are in English, some of the World Bank resources are also available in French, Spanish, Portuguese and other languages.
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Along with Canada's highly developed economy is a sophisticated system of monitoring and governing its imports and exports. Companies wishing to do business in Canada need to abide by a series of requirements that, while not difficult, are important to ensure smooth business practices within the country. DHL has compiled an introductory collection of these resources to help you get started in the best possible way.
Together with its highly developed economy, the Canada has a sophisticated system for monitoring and administration of its imports and exports. Companies seeking to deal with Affairs in the Canada must conform to a series of requirements which, without being difficult, are important to ensure harmonious commercial practices in the country. DHL has built an introductory list of resources to help you get started in the best possible way.
UK Trade & Investment, a division of the government of the United Kingdom, created this downloadable PDF report on doing business in Canada. The report provides introductory information about the market, advice to companies that want to export to or do business in Canada, and a guide to etiquette, language and cultural concerns.
This overview of doing business in Canada is published by the Australian government and includes a wide range of information on everything from general market conditions to import and export dos and don'ts.
This booklet, issued annually by the Office of the Chief Economist of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, covers the strength of the Canadian market, including world trade developments and the impact of currency issues, gross domestic product, and other national and international factors on the state of trade.
Offering current data from the Office of the Chief Economist of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, this brief outlines key trade areas and their level of growth or decline as well as the overall volume of Canadian imports and exports.
Another objective resource on economic issues is the Canadian Economic Forecast from the Canadian Conference Board (the forecast is free, with registration required).
Here, you can access the executive summary of Canada's International Market Access Report (CIMAR). Don't let the term "summary" deceive you: This is a relatively in-depth look at foreign market access issues by region and country. It is also a good source of information on Canada's bilateral and multilateral trade policy, and reviews market results from the previous year.
Canada participates in a number of global and country-specific trade agreements, of which exporters need to be aware as the specifics may affect shipping, tariffs, documentation and other elements of doing business. Some of these include the North American Free Trade Agreement, Canada-European Free Trade Agreement, Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement, the World Trade Organization agreement and others.
This nonprofit trade organization was founded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to facilitate foreign imports into Canada. It refers to itself as "the primary provider of information on and linkages to the Canadian import market" and provides information on training opportunities for those who wish to import goods into Canada.
Canada Border Services Agency has done a stellar job of compiling this list of legislation, regulations, policies, and procedures to school importers in the legislation, regulations, policies and procedures used to administer Customs programs.
In order to assess the tariffs that will be applied to imported goods, here the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA) explains interpretation and application of the phrase “sold for export to Canada to a ‘purchaser in Canada’” when appraising the value of imported goods.
This is a summary list of memos from the Canada Border Services Agency that outlines information on becoming, and operating as, a Customs broker.
In addition to regulations, controls and Customs protocol, importers need to understand the collection of trade negotiations by which Canada abides. Some of these are part of larger, global trade initiatives and others are one-on-one agreements that Canada has with other countries. This overview includes links to greater detail on each.
This page provides an overview of, and link to, a memo from the Canada Border Services Agency explaining the regulations for determining the place of direct shipment of goods imported into Canada when the goods pass in transit through another country.
This page on the Canada Business website includes an explanation of the Harmonized System Code, an international method of classifying products for trading purposes.
This list, from the Canada Border Services Agency, includes a list of tariff classification of commodities.
The Canada Border Services Agency has compiled this list of Customs tariff information, notices and amendments.
Canada has robust opportunities for marketing goods and services both to the private sector and to the government. This collection of resources will help you plan your market entry, target government procurement opportunities, locate franchise opportunities and even find partnering opportunities.
This report, published by the World Bank's "Doing Business In" project, identifies Canada as the seventh-easiest country with which to do business. The project compares business procedures and economic regulations in 181 countries and analyzes the costs and challenges to doing business in each.
Looking for an organization with whom to partner? The Canadian government wants to help. Use this link to an online form to submit your request for them to help you find a partner.
If you're interested in franchising in Canada, this should be one of your first online stops. The Canadian Franchise Association helps you identify franchising opportunities, familiarize yourself with laws that govern franchising and size up the competition in the marketplace.
This collection of sources of international trade data is an excellent start to collecting essential market research and analyzing opportunities for your products or services in Canada.
This booklet, issued annually by the Office of the Chief Economist of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, covers the strength of the Canadian market including world trade developments and the impact of currency issues, gross domestic product, and other national and international factors on the state of trade.
Offering current data from the Office of the Chief Economist of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, this brief outlines key trade areas and their level of growth or decline, as well as the volume of Canadian imports and exports overall.
Another objective resource on economic issues is the Canadian Economic Forecast 2010 from the Canadian Conference Board, which requires free registration.
Cultural missteps can derail even the most promising business relationships. While Canada is a country that generally has less rigid protocol than others, it is still important to be polite and aware of cultural expectations.