Exporting: When you are ready to take on the world

Does your product have international demand? Exporting is a good way to increase sales and grow your business - but it can be complicated. Depending on the products you want to export, there may be permits and regulations that are complicated to navigate. Our exporting resources can help you find opportunities, protect your investments and assist in navigating those tricky areas during your transactions.

Where can you find support for exporting?

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) helps ensure that exporters and carriers comply with national policies, processes, procedures, regulations and legislation related to exporting commercial goods. CBSA provides access to information such as a step-by-step guide and a checklist for when you export goods from Canada.

Canada Business is a government website that provides good information on the exporting process and provides an overview on:

  • How to start exporting
  • Where to find export financing
  • Information export marketing, sales and logistics
  • Exporting regulations


What Crown corporations can do for your exporting plans

Export Development Canada is Canada’s export credit agency, which supports and develops the country’s export trade by helping Canadian companies respond to international business opportunities.

The Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) offers support for export-ready Canadian companies looking to pursue international opportunities. The service can help you navigate the complexities of international markets and make better business decisions. It does so through four core services:

  • Preparation for international markets
  • Market potential assessment
  • Qualified contacts
  • Problem solving


If you’re looking south of the border for export opportunities, the TCS offers extra support! Head over to its page on Exporting to the United States for more.


Going overseas? Go online first!

VuBiz's online training features a Small Business Management Certificate that includes two modules on international trade. Members can access VuBIZ online Certificate programs for $69 per person.

In addition to these resources, CFIB Counsellors are always here to help if you’re thinking of expanding into international markets.