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Digital trade: Harnessing technology, data and AI in our post-pandemic economy

Report September 14, 2020 This EDC Global Trade report outlines the digital impacts on the economic recovery from COVID-19.

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Playing by the rules of origin

Blog July 17, 2020 Knowing where the components that go into your product come from can have a huge effect on how and where you sell your goods.

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How to get your samples through customs duty-free

Blog July 14, 2020 The ATA Carnet program allows businesses to bring samples and exhibits through customs duty-free.

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Women in trade: What it takes to succeed

Article June 08, 2020 Two EDC customers share their tips to help women in trade succeed on the world stage.

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2020: The year you take your woman-owned business international

Blog March 10, 2020 No matter where you are in your export journey, there are challenges to overcome. Here are some of the top resources to help women exporters navigate the trade ecosystem.

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Debunking 6 exporting myths

Article February 07, 2020 Six myths that might be preventing you from exporting beyond Canada

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Breaking down the barriers for women entrepreneurs

Blog February 03, 2020 The risks of becoming an exporter are real and taking that first step can be a challenge for many women entrepreneurs.

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7 Canadian companies share their top exporting tips

Article January 08, 2020 Canadian companies shared their exporting stories with us in 2019—here’s some of the great advice they shared about what you should have in place before going global.

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11 tips take your startup to new markets

Blog December 11, 2019 Q&A with an Export Help Advisor.

2019 Cleantech export star ecobee

Giving back: Smart thermostat gives customers the power to change the world

Blog November 07, 2019 Ecobee, an export development canada cleantech export star, is finding new ways to help cities become more sustainable

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Seeing through rock: Sorting the good from the bad with ground-breaking technology

Blog November 04, 2019 MineSense, a winner of the EDC Cleantech Export One to Watch, uses smart solutions to help mines boost profitability while reducing their environmental footprint.

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Special delivery: Canadian SME uses nanotechnology to help boost crop yields

Blog November 04, 2019 CEO for Export Development Canada’s “One to Watch” cleantech company shares lessons on launching a new product to scale your business.

taking a startup international

4 indicators that your startup is ready to go international

Blog October 23, 2019 Is it time to diversify into the global marketplace?

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No-cost ways to get answers to your exporting questions

Article October 01, 2019 Not having access to quality answers to trade-related questions is one of the top pain points for exporters.

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Exporting 101: Defining 24 trade acronyms

Blog September 20, 2019 An Export Help advisor shares a list of 24 commonly used export acronyms with brief definitions.

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TAP into your inner researcher

Blog September 03, 2019 Smart, sustainable business growth starts with establishing a solid export plan.

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Banking on business dreams

Blog August 19, 2019 BDC is the only bank in Canada devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs.

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Nailing down your export plan

Blog August 15, 2019 Manitoba home builder shares his insights on how to build an export strategy.

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Heading in the right direction: How to build your export strategy

Article August 01, 2019 Expert advice to develop and execute a strong export plan

A team of hikers surveys a mountainous landscape to strategize their way forward.

Action Plan: Mapping Out Your Export Strategy

Webinar Is your business export-ready? Our expert panel shares insights and advice on how to craft a successful international strategy.

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O, Canada: Top summer exports you can’t get enough of

Blog July 01, 2019 We’re warming things up by highlighting some top “summer” exports our beautiful country has to offer the world.

Light at the end of a tunnel

Light at the end of the export tunnel

Article June 28, 2019 For the average exporter, making sense of the latest tariffs, tweets and plot twists on the global economic stage has become little more than a guessing game.

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Exporting with Pride

Article June 24, 2019 First blog in a three-part series, on the challenges of exporting for LGBTQ2+.

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Greener pastures: Canadian agriculture a bright spot for trade

Guide June 04, 2019 Check out this report highlighting Canadian agriculture trade and investment trends

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Facing the future headfirst with Joy Yap

Blog June 04, 2019 Eco-beauty entrepreneur on the rewards, challenges of owning your own business

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Forging ahead: Canadians need to think long-term when exporting to the U.S.

Blog May 27, 2019 On the heels of EDC opening two American offices, Gregory Trippenbach, EDC’s Regional Vice-President, United States, outlines the opportunities and risks for Canadian businesses exporting to the south.

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Leading with values

Blog May 07, 2019 EDC released its first ever stand-alone Human Rights Policy.

Building an export plan

How to build an export plan: Taking your business to the next level

Blog April 26, 2019 You’ve spoken to your banker, perhaps taken a course on export basics and ticked off all the boxes highlighting that you’re ready to take your business to the next level. It’s time to build an export plan.

Free trade agreements

Get there faster with free trade agreements: What you need to know

Article April 23, 2019 If you’re a Canadian company looking to sell internationally, a trade agreement between Canada and your target market can make it easier for you to do business there.

Why women need to export

The deeper dive: If you’re a canadian woman, here’s why you need to export

Article April 22, 2019 Women are rocking at starting new businesses, but they’re wary of growing outside of Canada. Here’s why that matters to all of us.

Exporters journey

Five signs you’re ready to start exporting

Blog April 17, 2019 Getting started with exporting isn’t always easy. The good news: Even if you’re just considering taking that first step, you may be further along in the exporting journey than you think.

Q&A with Jennifer Cooke

Women going global: Q&A with Jennifer Cooke

Article March 20, 2019 Few Canadian women entrepreneurs are expanding their businesses into international markets.

Cultural planning

How selling international cultural services became a work of art

Blog March 12, 2019 Five tips on exporting success from the world’s largest cultural planning firm

Embracing CSR as a Business

Embracing corporate social responsibility for stronger business relationships

Blog March 11, 2019 As an exporter, the quality of your relationships with your suppliers, your employees, your partners and customers is an essential component of you success.

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Dream big, be daring

Article March 08, 2019 EDC’s Jennifer Cooke embraces new role to help women-led businesses overcome barriers to go global.

Women in Trade: Jennifer Cooke

Export challenges: Women lack connections, confidence and capital to go global

Blog March 04, 2019 Jennifer Cooke, EDC’s new Corporate Lead for Women in Trade shares three challenges women entrepreneurs face when exporting.

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A day in the life of an exporter: James Yurichuk, Wuxly Movement Founder and CEO

Blog February 20, 2019 Learn how Wuxly Movement CEO, James Yurichuk, goes through a day leading the animal-free parka company.

Tips for breaking into US markets

American bound: Tips for breaking into U.S. markets

Blog February 18, 2019 The U.S. economy is healthy and consumer demand is strong, so prospects for export sales are good.

Servicing the world

Servicing the world with confidence: What you need to know

Article February 14, 2019 In 2017, for the first time, the proportion of service exporters was greater than goods exporters. Here are just some of the key takeaways from the webinar, Selling Your Services to the World.

Exporters confident but cautious

Survey says: Exporters are confident but cautious

Article February 13, 2019 Find out what 1,000 Canadian exporters experienced in the last half of 2018, plus what their plans are for the future.

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The Great Human Adventure

Success Story IMAX celebrates half a century of big-screen films, shattering the boundaries of cinematic storytelling

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Getting into the headspace of Canadian exporters

Blog February 05, 2019 The Trade Confidence Index is a survey we take each fall and spring.

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Three tips for staying cool when competition is hot

Blog January 15, 2019 Owner Mark Bedard, who launched MTL as a small spinoff of his father’s refrigeration business in 1997, credits his company’s ability to win multi-million-dollar contracts in the U.S. for its sizzling success.

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Bold and the beautiful: Putting on a brave face is paramount to exporting

Blog January 14, 2019 Canadian beauty maven Daniele Henkel shares four lessons she learned on her successful export journey.

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Getting up to speed on Canada’s internet

Blog January 07, 2019 In today’s environment, small businesses rely heavily on quality internet access. Having a strong internet enables entrepreneurship.

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Joy to the world: How Canada and its trading partners contribute to holiday traditions

Blog December 24, 2018 EDC Trade Adviser, Jordan Duff, shares which.

Trade highlights

Back to the future: 5 trade highlights in 2018 and beyond

Article December 21, 2018 2018 was an eventful export year: A look at the top five stories, and ahead at next year’s top five.

Advice from Canadian companies going global

2018 exporting roundup: Advice from Canadian companies about going global

Blog December 20, 2018 Whether you’re thinking about taking your company global or you’re already exporting, Connie Jensen, EDC’s Content Marketing Manager, shares some great advice from companies EDC worked with in 2018.

service exporters

I was an exporter and I didn’t know it

Article If you’re a small online service provider, you may not even think of yourself as an exporter. Here’s why you should, and how you can further expand your business internationally.

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3-point game plan when exporting to the U.S.

Blog December 11, 2018 Canadian SMEs need a plan in place prior to exporting to the U.S.: identify a region, develop a market-entry strategy and secure a working capital.

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Let it snow: Manitobah Mukluks warms the way to e-commerce success

Blog November 13, 2018 When it comes to growing your retail brand into an e-commerce success, there’s no magic formula. It takes hard work, an infinite amount of determination and a lot of research.

The art of bringing art to the world

The art of bringing art to the world

Blog November 07, 2018 Business Development Manager of Creos explains the art of bringing art to the world.

Westport fuel systems 2018 cleantech export star

Westport Fuel Systems: Cleantech’s 2018 export star

Article November 06, 2018 Westport Fuel Systems’ roots trace back to early public concern about urban smog and air quality issues in the 1970s.

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The rise of artificial intelligence: Canada can lead with women at the fore

Article November 06, 2018 Artificial intelligence has been described as both a risk and an opportunity. As Canada creates a leadership position, how can women be at the fore.

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If you’re a female business owner, it’s time to jump on the e-commerce business boom

Article November 05, 2018 Only 7% of women-owned businesses are reaping the benefits of exporting.

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Doing business in the United States

eBook October 23, 2018 The United States is a series of regional markets with distinct opportunities depending on your industry.

getting export ready

How five young entrepreneurs are getting export-ready and going global

Blog October 18, 2018 Startup Canada’s CEO on exporting tips from the regional winners of the Canadian Export Challenge.

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Doing Business in the European Union

eBook September 21, 2018 Get tips on where opportunities lie in the EU and how to do business there.

Canadian export challenge

3 reasons Canadian small businesses are poised to take on the world

Blog September 10, 2018 This fall, Startup Canada is inviting 2,500 Canadian entrepreneurs to push international boundaries.

Bringing your business to a new country? Get in contact with key experts you should call before selling abroad, as well as helpful facts and stats for each market.

Market Entry Advisors

Guide Bringing your business to a new country? Call these key experts before selling abroad and get helpful tips about each market.

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Why exporters do better

Blog Research shows that Canadian exporters make an outsized contribution to overall economic activity.

going global

Going global to support local

Blog August 08, 2018 International sales allow HB Studios and SK2 Homes to boost local jobs and community in Canada.

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5 challenges for women exporters and how to overcome them

Blog August 03, 2018 Between 13-16% of Canadian small and medium-sized businesses are women owned, but only 7% export products or services. A Twitter chat reveals how more women can benefit from international sales.

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Increase your innovation

Article July 24, 2018 A comprehensive guide to help you innovate your way to global success and stay ahead of the competition. 

Us steel and aluminum tariffs

U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs: How did we get here?

Blog June 12, 2018 Find out how recent historical events led to the U.S. calling Canadian imports a threat to national security.

Canadian tariffs on US

How Canadian tariffs on U.S. goods may affect your business

Article June 08, 2018 Discover the impact that Canada’s tariffs counter-measures will have on your business.

Sea Star Seafoods: The Atlantic’s Flagship

Sea Star Seafoods: The Atlantic’s Flagship

Success Story A family tradition since 1894, and a growing business since its launch in 1983. The art of selling salt fish.

find global growth opportunities

6 different ways to find global growth opportunities

Blog May 16, 2018 While global opportunities may be ripening, you need to invest research and time to find these opportunities.

Signs you should consider internationally

4 signs your company should consider selling internationally

Blog April 17, 2018 If you’ve experienced any of these four signs, it’s time to start developing your export strategy.

Advice for women in international trade

9 leaders share advice to help women entrepreneurs take their business global

Blog March 28, 2018 Read this helpful advice from 9 women in the international trade space.

What started out as a Paralympian’s do-it-yourself project has turned into an export business that now employs three people – two of whom are elite athletes.

Athletes roll out innovation to new markets

Article March 16, 2018 What started out as a Paralympian’s do-it-yourself project has turned into an export business that now employs three people—two of whom are elite athletes.

Mentor Women in Trade

6 ways to mentor women in trade

Blog March 01, 2018 March is Women in Trade Month, and it’s a great time to consider how we can all support female exporters and entrepreneurs. Here are 6 tips on how to be a good mentor.

6 Skills You Need

6 skills you need to grow your business internationally, and how to get them

Blog February 28, 2018 Find out what exporting skills and trade knowledge you need to succeed internationally.

Publish books internationally with a export plan

Publishing Canadian books: Find new markets with an export plan

Blog February 26, 2018 Today’s evolving digital landscape has provided great opportunities and challenges for publishers who are looking to build an export plan and expand into new markets.

EDC Market Entry Advisors Korea

Market Entry Advisors – Korea

Guide February 14, 2018 Get in contact with key experts you should call before selling abroad, as well as helpful facts and stats for each market.

EDC Market Entry Advisors Nigeria

Market Entry Advisors – Nigeria

Guide February 14, 2018 Get in contact with key experts you should call before selling abroad, as well as helpful facts and stats for each market.

EDC Market Entry Advisors Philippines

Market Entry Advisors – Philippines

Guide February 14, 2018 Get in contact with key experts you should call before selling abroad, as well as helpful facts and stats for each market.

EDC Market Entry Advisors Ghana

Market Entry Advisors – Ghana

Guide February 14, 2018 Get in contact with key experts you should call before selling abroad, as well as helpful facts and stats for each market.

EDC Market Entry Advisors Kazakhstan

Market Entry Advisors – Kazakhstan

Guide February 14, 2018 Get in contact with key experts you should call before selling abroad, as well as helpful facts and stats for each market.

EDC Market Entry Advisors Australia

Market Entry Advisors – Australia

Guide February 14, 2018 Get in contact with key experts you should call before selling abroad, as well as helpful facts and stats for each market.

EDC Market Entry Advisors South Africa

Market Entry Advisors – South Africa

Guide February 14, 2018 Get in contact with key experts you should call before selling abroad, as well as helpful facts and stats for each market.

EDC Market Entry Advisors Indonesia

Market Entry Advisors – Indonesia

Guide February 14, 2018 Get in contact with key experts you should call before selling abroad, as well as helpful facts and stats for each market.

EDC Market Entry Advisors Thailand

Market Entry Advisors – Thailand

Guide February 14, 2018 Get in contact with key experts you should call before selling abroad, as well as helpful facts and stats for each market.

EDC Market Entry Advisors Brazil

Market Entry Advisors – Brazil

Guide February 14, 2018 Get in contact with key experts you should call before selling abroad, as well as helpful facts and stats for the Brazil market.

EDC Market Entry Advisors Singapore

Market Entry Advisors – Singapore

Guide February 14, 2018 Get in contact with key experts you should call before selling abroad, as well as helpful facts and stats for each market.

EDC Market Entry Advisors Vietnam

Market Entry Advisors – Vietnam

Guide February 14, 2018 Get in contact with key experts you should call before selling abroad, as well as helpful facts and stats for each market.

EDC Market Entry Advisors United Arab Emirates

Market Entry Advisors – United Arab Emirates

Guide February 14, 2018 Bringing your business to a new country? Get in contact with key experts you should call before selling abroad, as well as helpful facts and stats for the United Arab Emirates market.

EDC Market Entry Advisors Peru

Market Entry Advisors – Peru

Guide February 14, 2018 Get in contact with key experts you should call before selling abroad, as well as helpful facts and stats for each market.

EDC Market Entry Advisors Germany

Market Entry Advisors – Germany

Guide February 14, 2018 Get in contact with key experts you should call before selling abroad, as well as helpful facts and stats for each market.

EDC Market Entry Advisors Hungary

Market Entry Advisors – Hungary

Guide February 14, 2018 Get in contact with key experts you should call before selling abroad, as well as helpful facts and stats for each market.

EDC Market Entry Advisors Colombia

Market Entry Advisors – Colombia

Guide February 14, 2018 Get in contact with key experts you should call before selling abroad, as well as helpful facts and stats for each market.

EDC Market Entry Advisors Japan

Market Entry Advisors – Japan

Guide February 14, 2018 Get in contact with key experts you should call before selling abroad, as well as helpful facts and stats for each market.

EDC Market Entry Advisors Unites States

Market Entry Advisors – United States

Guide February 14, 2018 Get in contact with key experts you should call before selling abroad, as well as helpful facts and stats for each market.

Common Terms used in International Trade

11 common terms used in international trade

Blog February 13, 2018 You now know the nitty-gritty of everything from rules of origin to customs complexities. What else do you need to know to get started?

Backcountry ski equipment producer G3

G3: Pushing the Boundaries of the Backcountry

Video This is the story of a young entrepreneur who turned a home-based start-up, G3, into one of the most successful producers of backcountry ski equipment in North America.

EDC Trade Advisors Help Sell Globally

How an EDC trade advisor helps Canadian businesses sell globally

Blog January 18, 2018 Read about a day in the life of an EDC Trade Advisor.

What is an export credit agency

How an Export Credit Agency can help you sell globally

Blog January 15, 2018 ECAs help companies compete globally, sell on more liberal payment terms and protect against the risk of not getting paid.

How to find a market for your product or service

How to find a market for your product or service

Blog January 11, 2018 You now know the nitty-gritty of everything from rules of origin to customs complexities. What else do you need to know to get started?

Christmas Canadian exports

What would christmas look like without Canadian exports?

Article December 26, 2017 You may now know it, but there’s a bit of Canadian exports in households around the world, helping millions celebrate this holiday season.

Exporting 101: Resources to Help Grow Business

Exporting 101: Five resources to help grow your business

Blog December 06, 2017 You now know the nitty-gritty of everything from rules of origin to customs complexities. What else do you need to know to get started?

Why More Canadian Businesses Should Be Exporting

Why more Canadian businesses should be exporting

Blog November 24, 2017 Why export? The short answer is that it’ll make your company more robust in every way.

NAFTA Negotiations & Resource

NAFTA negotiations & resources: The pulse of trade from experts

Article November 16, 2017 A panel of exporting experts weighs in on NAFTA negotiations and the current challenges SMEs face when they contemplate exporting.

Canadian management consulting company CowaterSogema

CowaterSogema: Driven to Make a Difference

Video The story of Canadian management consulting company CowaterSogema is a story about taking risks, dreaming big and making a positive impact felt around the world.

Nova Scotia safety education and simulator manufacturing company Survival Systems Limited

Survival Systems: In the Business of Saving Lives

Video The story of Nova Scotia safety education, R&D, and simulator manufacturing company Survival Systems Limited is a story about managing risks, defying the odds, and being prepared for any situation.

Modern Trade Data & Analytics

An intro to modern trade data & analytics

Article October 23, 2017 Modern trade agreements are complicated, inclusive and exciting.

Toronto Board of Trade Blog

The Toronto Board of Trade helps more companies go international

Blog October 19, 2017 Only 4 per cent of Canadian SMEs export, but the Toronto Board of Trade wants to see that number grow and help more SMEs go international.

Montreal touring show Cavalia

Cavalia: From dark horse to crowd favourite

Success Story The story of Montreal touring show Cavalia is a story about inspiration, opportunity and how taking risk by the reins can put you in the spotlight.

Canadian seismic equipment and data company Nanometrics

Nanometrics: Finding opportunity in uncertain places

Video From exploring the world’s most volatile places to expanding to frontier markets, Canadian seismic equipment and data company Nanometrics made its name taking risks and reaping the rewards.

British Columbia wind and water sports company Ocean Rodeo

Ocean Rodeo: From Childhood Dreams to Commercial Success

Success Story The story of British Columbia wind and water sports company Ocean Rodeo is a story about passion, collaboration, risk and opportunity.

EDC Market Entry Advisors India

Market Entry Advisors – India

Guide August 25, 2017 Get in contact with key experts you should call before selling abroad, as well as helpful facts and stats for each market.

EDC Market Entry Advisors China

Market Entry Advisors – China

Guide Get in contact with key experts you should call before selling abroad, as well as helpful facts and stats for each market.

EDC Market Entry Advisors Mexico

Market Entry Advisors – Mexico

Guide August 25, 2017 Get in contact with key experts you should call before selling abroad, as well as helpful facts and stats for each market.

EDC Market Entry Advisors UK

Market Entry Advisors – United Kingdom

Guide August 25, 2017 Bringing your business to a new country? Get in contact with key experts you should call before selling abroad, as well as helpful facts and stats for the United Kingdom market.

Trade show preparation

Trade show preparation: 5 ways you can stand out

Blog August 23, 2017 Learn 5 ways you can stand out from your trade show competition before you go.

Why Exporters Do Better

7 reasons why exporters do better

Blog August 10, 2017 Sticking to home turn may not be as wise a growth strategy as you think. Here are 7 reasons why exporters are more successful

Exporting intellectual property

Protecting your business’ most valuable asset - intellectual property

Blog June 16, 2017 Learn how to develop a global intellectual property strategy, as part of your business strategy before you start exporting.

Exporting guide

The basics of exporting: a step-by-step guide

Blog March 20, 2017 Interested in the "basics" of the exporting process? Read a step-by-step guide on getting started, from investigating laws in other countries to getting paid.

Doing Business in Southeast Asia

Doing Business in Southeast Asia

Guide September 12, 2016 This comprehensive guide helps you explore exporting and direct investment opportunities in the ten fast-growing markets of Southeast Asia.

Doing Business in Panama

Doing business in Panama

Guide Learns more about Panama’s export opportunities, risks, trade agreement with Canada and how to break into the market in this detailed market guide.

Exporting to the United States

Exporting to the United States

Guide Hone your exporting strategy with this insightful guide, which shows how the U.S. is divided into 11 markets, each with its own opportunities.

Discover New Markets

Discover new markets

Guide Find the best markets for your business with this detailed guide, as well as market entry strategies, investing, steps to export success, and more.

Vitality Air EDC Feature

Vitality Air: Exporting fresh mountain air from Canada's Rockies

Article August 15, 2016 What once started off as a joke became an opportunity to sell a lifestyle product in China. Learn how Edmonton's Vitality Air became an exporter overnight.

Export Insights Vitality Air

"The maple leaf is a great brand": Vitality Air

Article August 15, 2016 Vitality Air's president and CEO explains how supply and demand for a Canadian products led to tremendous exporting opportunities in China and other countries.

Doing Business in India

Doing Business in India

Guide Learn about India, one of the largest emerging markets, and how your company can navigate the opportunities and risks, including to intellectual property.

Doing Business in China

Doing Business in China

Guide This guide provides practical information and dozens of resources to help you plan and carry out your export strategy to the Chinese market.

Doing Business in Brazil

Doing business in Brazil

Guide This comprehensive guide covers all the exporting and investment basics of doing business in Brazil, the largest economy in Latin America.

Resources for Quebec exporters

Ten resources for Quebec exporters

Blog June 29, 2016 With new opportunities on the horizon, EDC highlights some important resources for Quebec companies thinking of exporting.