Category: International Trade

Planning to export? Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) can open doors of opportunities for you. They make flow of goods and services across international borders smooth and easy. What is the purpose of FTA’s? The chief goal of FTA’s is to make life easier for you, the exporter or importer, by removing barriers to international trade. […]

If you have been thinking about growing your business in the US, now could be your time! With a strong US dollar, a new export development grant and a number of valuable matchmaking events and conferences coming up, 2016 could be your year to access new markets in the US. Here are 3 ways you […]

This spring, Women’s Enterprise Centre will be supporting women entrepreneurs at learning and networking events at home and abroad. There are opportunities to learn more about Supplier Diversity and how to leverage your certification and we’d like to help you make valuable connections. Breakfast with Brands, May 14th, Vancouver Join us Thursday, May 14th 2015 […]

Part one of my blog explained some international trade terms. This blog explains a few more terms used in export and import. HS code: It stands for Harmonized System code. HS code is maintained by the World Customs Organization (WCO), an independent intergovernmental organization with over 160 member countries, based in Brussels, Belgium. It is […]

Do you feel confused by the commonly used terms of international Trade? Below are simple explanations to some of the frequently used trade terms. Incoterms®: Incoterms® or International Commercial Terms are a set of rules which define the responsibilities of sellers and buyers for the delivery of goods under sales contracts for domestic and international […]

Emerging markets in Asia offer immense business growth opportunities. Though United States receives the bulk of Canadian exports, Asian markets can open new doors for your international business. You can benefit immensely from the Canada – South Korea Free Trade Agreement which came into force since January this year. Here is how you can benefit […]

You don’t need to be a big company to import or export—just be prepared so you can avoid costly mistakes. This will make your customers happy and your business transactions more seamless. Canada has Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with more than 10 countries, which help Canadian products stay competitive in the international marketplace through the […]

Prompt follow-up with tradeshow prospects is key to converting leads to clients. A common complaint heard from leadership is “I don’t know what happened to all of those leads.” Mitigate this by developing a system to track leads – ask for business cards from each prospect, and take a moment to record one or two […]

Tradeshows are an excellent source of new business and platform to touch base with clients and suppliers. Best practices dictate that tradeshows should be a complementary tool in your sales funnel. However, even those without a systematized sales process can experience compressed sales cycles, and deeper connections to clients. First, determine which tradeshows to attend […]

Exporting is smart marketing. As a small business owner, you might think that exporting is only for big businesses. Difference in language and culture might also deter you from exploring new areas. Here is an interesting fact – 84 per cent of British Columbia exporters are companies which have less than 50 employees. Though United […]