If you are thinking about importing for the first time, or if you're looking for new suppliers, find resources that could help you take those first steps.
- International trade training programs
Explore some learning opportunities to help you understand various aspects of importing and exporting.
- Border Information Service
Get telephone assistance to help you comply with border and customs regulations.
- Import and export for SMEs
Find resources to help support your trade activities, especially if you are new to importing or exporting.
- Step-by-Step Guide to Importing Commercial Goods into Canada
Learn the basics of the commercial importing process.
Registering for an import/export account
Before you start importing, you must register your business for an import/export account.
- Business Number (BN)
Your Business Number is your single account number for dealing with the government regarding GST/HST, payroll, import/export and other activities.
Finding suppliers abroad
If you can't find suitable domestic vendors for the products you need, you may have to consider importing your products. Finding and selecting foreign suppliers can be time consuming, particularly if you are new to the import business. These resources could help you avoid certain risks and locate international suppliers.
- Manage foreign suppliers
Learn about key steps in finding foreign suppliers, as well as methods of payment and drawing up a contract.
- Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS)
Get market and sector-specific information, access to Canadian trade commissioners' contact information and a list of events through the TCS website.
- NAFTA Cross Border Movement of Business Persons
Learn about temporary entry into the United States and Mexico as a business person under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Find American manufacturers. Always research the business before placing an order.
- Canadian Importers Database
Find out which companies are importing goods into Canada by product, by city and by country of origin.
- Trade Facilitation Office Canada
Find out about trade seminars and missions, and get help finding suppliers in developing countries.
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