Making the most of your business travel

September 9, 2011 - Tags: Export, Import, Managing

Istock 000005468594xsmallTravelling for business can be challenging — think of those long flights, back-to-back meetings, and unexpected delays — but with a little preparation, you can make your next business trip a success.

Before you leave, you may want to take advantage of the services offered by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service. They can help you assess foreign markets, prepare to do business overseas, and connect you with local business contacts. They can also help resolve issues that arise during your trip.

Make the most of your time away from the office by:

  • Visiting the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada's Travel Reports and Warnings page to get up-to-date information about country-specific entry requirements, safety, local laws and customs, health conditions, and more

  • Knowing the location and contact information of Canadian embassies, consulates and high commissions in the region you are visiting — they can help you if legal issues or emergencies arise

  • Avoiding to book the last flight of the day — that way, if you miss a connection or the flight is cancelled, you won't have to be stuck at the airport overnight

  • Making the most of layovers — use the extra time to go over presentations, catch up on email, or rest

  • Considering handling the time-zone changes on the plane versus on the ground when you need to be productive — that may mean sleeping right away or forcing yourself to stay awake

  • Applying for a NEXUS or CANPASS card to speed up the border clearance process when you are travelling from and returning to Canada from outside the country

Remember, being prepared is a key factor of a smooth business trip. Bring extra USB drives and batteries, and pack international power converters if you are travelling overseas. Don't forget to bring paper copies of presentations and reports — you don't want to be unprepared if technical issues arise.

Is your business ready to export? Learn more by visiting our page on Getting your goods or services to international markets.


This is good information. Just returned from a trip to europe & the Middle East and wish I knew about the travel reports page you listed, really good information on safety and also health and culture issues and things to be aware of.

By Gregoire on October 13, 2011

Hello I’d like to import flooring material from the US but I don’t know if I can bring them across teh border? Do you have information?


By Gilles on October 14, 2011

Hi Gilles,

There are a number of resources that may be able to help you. The Canadian Border Services Agency’s Step-by-Step Guide to Importing offers a list of different products and who to contact for more information.

You can also visit the Importing section of our website.

Good luck with your business!

By Canada Business on October 14, 2011

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By Dai on November 7, 2011

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