U.S. Exporters - Think Canada First!

U.S. exports to Canada are a popular topic these days. As most of us are aware, the U.S. economy has taken a huge plunge, therefore, U.S. businesses are now expanding their sales outside of the U.S. 

As a Canadian and U.S. Customs Broker with offices on both sides of the border, Pacific Customs Brokers knows first hand the benefits of international trade between these neighboring counties. If you are a U.S. company, then perhaps the Non-Resident Importer option may be your biggest advantage when selling your goods to Canada.

With similarities in people, language and the close shipping proximity, exporting to Canada can be the most lucrative and easiest export market for the U.S. Canada is the leading export market for 36 of the 50 U.S. States and is a larger market for U.S. goods than all 27 countries of the European Union. The United States and Canada share the world's largest and most comprehensive trading relationship, which supports millions of jobs in each country. 

Why Choose The Canadian Market:

  • Potential market of over 33 million people
  • Market Potential for 15% of your U.S. sales
  • U.S. to Canada exports rose 21% in 2010
  • 23% of everything the US exports is exported to Canada
  • 80% of Canadians live within 60 miles of the US/Canada border
  • It is the least expensive country to export to when it comes to time and expense

By looking at the Non-Resident Importer option, you can sell to Canada in a domestic selling environment:

  • Remove the border hassles and surprise fees for your customers
  • Provide price guarantee to leverage more sales
  • Take full advantage of your Made in USA products because of our North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • Simplified customs documents and reduced brokerage fees
  • Open doors to large retailers
  • Create a potential advantage over US Competitors without impacting profits
  • Position yourself on an even playing field with Canadian firms without the additional expense of a Canadian office, warehouse or distribution point.

For further information on the Non-Resident Importer option and how it benefits your sales strategy, please see Your how to guide on Non-Resident Importing.

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Gloria Terhaar
CCS, CTCS, CBSA Professional Designate

Gloria Terhaar has over 17 years of Canadian customs brokerage experience. She currently works in our Canadian division as a Trade Compliance Supervisor and Regulatory Compliance Specialist. Gloria has extensive experience in all aspects of documentation and regulatory requirements as they relate to importing products into Canada. Gloria is often called upon to train industry with some recent talks for MNP, the Surrey Board of Trade, TFO Canada and the BC Produce Marketing Association. In 2018, Gloria also participated in the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and the Canadian Horticultural Council advocacy event "Fall Harvest" in Ottawa where she participated in advocacy efforts for the Canadain produce industry.

While we strive for accuracy in all our communications, as the Importer of Record it is incumbent upon your company to ensure that you are aware of the requirements under the new regulations so that you maintain compliance as always.