Export Navigator Pilot Launches in B.C. Communities

Export Navigator Pilot Launches in B.C. Communities

November 24, 2016 Posted by Amrinder Sandhar

British Columbia companies interested in expanding into international markets can now take advantage of an innovative pilot project being introduced in four communities throughout the province: Port Alberni, Comox Valley, Prince George and Vernon.

Export Navigator is a one-year pilot project the Province has developed in partnership with Small Business BC, federally-funded Community Futures offices, and Comox Valley Economic Development. The motivation for the pilot stems from commitments in the BC Jobs Plan and #BCTECH Strategy to streamline export services and help facilitate export opportunities for small businesses.

The pilot is designed to help guide growth-oriented businesses through the export process, enabling them to focus their energy and resources on getting their goods and services to new markets. Trained export advisors in each community will provide personalized support, helping to identify and connect businesses to the appropriate programs, services and contacts at every stage of the export process.

Export Navigator will help increase the amount of British Columbia products and services entering the global marketplace. British Columbia companies are quickly becoming known for creating innovative products and solutions that can be utilized around the world. In 2015, British Columbia exported $36 billion in goods to international markets. These included high-quality agrifoods, forestry and mining products.

Exporting products from British Columbia is made easier by our strategic location as the gateway to the Pacific, and efficient transportation network, which integrates air and marine ports with rail lines and major roads. British Columbia is also home to six international airports, including Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Canada’s largest global gateway to Asia and a growing freight distribution hub.

More information on the Export Navigator project can be found here, and to learn more about buying British Columbia products or services contact one of our International Trade and Investment Representatives.
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