Export to the South, to Build Up
The world is your playground. The time is now for Canadian small businesses to think global and expand to markets across the world. However, going international doesn’t always include travelling a long distance – your desired market may just be south of the Canadian border.
With a population of more than 313 million and trade agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadians and Americans have fostered a strong and long standing trading partnership. Global trade initiatives like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will make the U.S. a central hub for exports in North America, which has the potential to expose Canadian products to international consumers.
Has your business prospered in Canada, and are you looking to grow? Here is a checklist to assist you with taking the next step and exporting to the U.S.
- Rising Demand – Consumers are noticing your product. You see an increase in website traffic and U.S. online sales.
- Get to know your new customers – Understand what the U.S. market has to offer. Click here to see how big the opportunity is.
- Strategize Your Future – Create a plan to take your business to the U.S. It must include: finances, logistics, marketing, cross-border shipments and customer service.
- Mapping your Business Goals – Work with a logistics partner to create a supply chain that fits your business like a glove and receive personal guidance on regulations that may impact your supply chain. Example, an increase in the U.S. exemption level to $800 on imported items reduces the cost of doing business in the U.S.
- Power of Choice – Customer loyalty is a priority. Offer convenient and flexible international delivery options for customers.
- Cross-border – A customs broker will eliminate misclassification of goods and prevent delays at the border, a silent enhancement to your customer’s experience with immense impact.
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