News from the Business Women in International Trade (BWIT) program

March 8, 2018 - Tags: Export

This guest blog post is provided by the Business Women in International Trade (BWIT), a program within the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) at Global Affairs Canada, which supports Canadian women entrepreneurs as they pursue opportunities in international markets.

The Business Women in International Trade (BWIT) 2018 Newsletter is hot off the press! It is filled with great tips from BWIT clients and showcases the services that BWIT offers women-owned companies. Hard copies are available (just send us an email) and the BWIT 2018 Newsletter is also available online here.  

Below is a great recap of the new export tools for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

New Export Tools for SMEs

Evidence shows that firms that export grow faster than those that do not. Canada's Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) understands this and has recently launched several new practical tools to assist Canadian SMEs export their goods and services more easily. These tools help SMEs develop their export knowledge and capabilities; they include an E-Commerce Guide, a Trade Barrier Registry, and the Canada Tariff Finder.

New guide to help Canadian firms navigate Cyberspace

Are you harnessing the power of online shoppers? Spotlight on E-commerce is a new guide from the TCS designed to help companies become better prepared to navigate the world of e-exporting, while avoiding some common mistakes. This Spotlight can help your company stay informed with the right resources to effectively sell to consumers around the world through digital platforms. Access the Spotlight on E-commerce to learn more.

New Trade Barrier Registry

Is a trade barrier holding back your export business? Perhaps a licensing or product labelling requirement is preventing you from trading goods. Or, a foreign government is imposing a tax on your product that increases the cost of landing your product. If this is the case, then the TCS may be able to reduce or resolve trade barriers or even prevent them from happening. The TCS, working with partner departments, can examine a specific context and talk the issue through with overseas agencies. Register a trade barrier and the TCS will assist you.

New Tariff Finder

The new Canada Tariff Finder tool verifies the tariffs applicable to your product in a foreign market and identifies the reductions that may apply to your products according to Canada's free trade agreements.


Posted by on April 24, 2018
Hello Sara,

Thank you for contacting Canada Business. We are always happy to help you with questions about starting or growing your business in Canada.

Global Affairs Canada offers tariff information by country and the Canada Border Services Agency has a handy guide to help you navigate the requirements to exporting goods from Canada.

The Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) has a Step-by-Step Guide to Exporting and a Step-by-Step Guide to Importing Commercial Goods into Canada which can both help you succeed in international trade.

Once you are ready to export, the TCS can help you navigate international markets. You may also benefit from women-focused services from Business Women in International Trade (BWIT)

If you have further questions about starting or growing your business in Canada, please contact us for assistance.

Thank you.
Posted by sara on April 23, 2018
i am planning to start exporting Lumber/ Pulp wood and also considering to import socks, woolen socks, thermals in Canada.
is there a guide that can help me with duties/ tariffs/ licenses?
Posted by on April 16, 2018
Bonjour July,

Nous vous remercions d'avoir communiqué avec Entreprises Canada. Nous sommes une organisation gouvernementale qui aide les entrepreneurs à lancer et faire croître leurs entreprises au Canada.

Nos ressources sur l’importation pourraient vous aider à approfondir vos connaissances de l’importation et à prendre connaissance des règles pertinentes et des programmes qui peuvent simplifier le commerce.

Tout dépendant du pays d’origine des produits que vous voulez importer, vous pourriez trouver des renseignements et obtenir de l'aide auprès de l'organisation TFO Canada. Cette organisation pourrait vous aider à accéder le marché et développer vos capacités commerciales.

Voici des organisations professionnelles féminines à l'échelle du Canada aidant les femmes d'affaires à saisir des occasions d'affaires au pays et à l'étranger :

Pour obtenir plus de renseignements sur le démarrage ou l'expansion d'une entreprise au Canada, veuillez communiquer avec nous.

Posted by july on April 14, 2018
bonjour a toutes je m appelle july je suis nouvelle dans l entreprenariat .j aimerai votre aide pour mieux demarer mon projet d import de produit tropicaux de mon pays dorigine pour ici , et je ne sais par ou commencer. merci de me venir en aide.

merci agreable journee a tout le monde
Posted by on April 3, 2018
Hello Sahar,

Thank you for contacting Canada Business. We are a government organization that helps entrepreneurs start or grow their business in Canada.

Our website offers information and resources on a variety of topics to help you grow your business, including planning for business growth, R&D and innovation, and importing and exporting. You can use our search tool to find business networking, mentoring, coaching, and advising services. The program search may also help you with funding or partnership opportunities.

Business Women in International Trade (BWIT) can point you to Canadian and International women’s business networks and associations

If you have further questions about starting or growing your business in Canada, please contact us for assistance.

Thank you.
Posted by Sahar on April 3, 2018
I'm running an AI startup and I would like to expand my business in Canada. Is there any IT community that can help me to proceed?

Posted by on March 27, 2018
Hello Nicole,

Thank you for contacting Canada Business. We are a government organization that helps entrepreneurs start or grow their business in Canada.

Congratulations on your new business! In addition to start up information, you can find industry-specific statistics and resources in the Specialty trade contractor start-up checklist.

To help you make a name for yourself, our Marketing basics section can help you develop a marketing plan and learn about online marketing, branding, and more.

If you have further questions about starting or growing your business in Manitoba, please contact the Winnipeg Business Infocentre for assistance.

Thank you.
Posted by Nicole on March 27, 2018
Good day i just opened up a painting and reno company here in winnipeg can i get help
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