Get Your Products to Market

Before you start making shipping arrangements, consider the logistics in getting your products to market. Familiarize yourself with the applicable rules and make the necessary preparations ahead of time to save time, money, and frustration.

Trade Agreements

Canada's extensive range of trade agreements gives British Columbia businesses favourable access to markets around the world.

Canada is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). We are also a signatory to seven other free trade agreements , including the Canada-US Softwood Lumber Agreement.

These agreements make it easier and more efficient to do business:

  • They outline clear rules, which increases predictability.
  • They reduce tariffs, which cuts costs.
  • They eliminate other trade barriers, which streamlines processes.
  • They offer a fair and equitable dispute-resolution mechanism.

Learn more about Canada's trade agreements to receive the maximum benefit they offer:


Tariffs and Export Regulations

The Canada Border Services Agency regulates all Canadian imports and exports. Other countries have similar agencies.

Find out about the tariffs and regulations of the Canadian Border Service Agency and those of your international market before you begin exporting.


Transporting Goods and Services

Whether you ship your products by air, sea, rail, or road, you will need to know:
  • how to correctly complete shipping documents
  • how to properly pack, mark, and label your goods
  • the particulars about cargo insurance
  • the details involved in hiring a customs broker
Investigate the options to transport your goods to international markets: