Key Markets

British Columbia is an international trade-friendly jurisdiction, with relationships with key markets around the world. Businesses operating here have particularly good prospects exporting to the following countries.

China

Already our second-largest trading partner, China offers immediate and significant economic opportunities for British Columbia companies, especially in forestry, mining, international education, technology, agrifoods, liquefied natural gas, transportation, and tourism.

Learn more about export opportunities in China.
 

Japan

Japan and British Columbia are well positioned to build on our history of cultural and economic links. Sectors with particularly good opportunities include forestry, mining, liquefied natural gas, international education, technology, agrifoods, and transportation.

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South Korea

South Korea is British Columbia’s fourth largest trading partner and partner in the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA). South Korea’s lack of natural resources and their  technology-intensive economy needs our goods and services. This is especially true in forestry, mining, liquefied natural gas, transportation, international education, technology and agrifoods.

Learn more about export opportunities in South Korea.
 

United States of America

The United States is British Columbia’s largest trading partner. Our close proximity and other factors contribute to continuing good potential for export growth, particularly in Green Technology and clean economy, digital media, and agrifoods. 

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India

With the world’s third-largest economy and a fast-growing market, India offers significant opportunities for British Columbia exporters, particularly in forestry, mining, international education, technology, transportation, agrifoods, liquefied natural gas, and tourism.

Learn more about export opportunities in India.
 

Europe

British Columbia has a long history of exporting to Europe. Despite that region’s economic challenges, there is good potential for future growth - especially in forestry, technology, and international education.

Learn more about export opportunities in Europe.

Southeast Asia

The Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) is an economic region comprised of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. As a single entity, ASEAN forms Asia’s third largest economy after China and Japan and is the fourth largest import market in the world, offering exporters from British Columbia significant opportunities in a variety of sectors. 

Learn more about export opportunities in Southeast Asia

Trade Agreements

Read about Eliminating Barriers to Trade for information on trade agreements with these key markets and other countries.