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Trade Mission

Focused Trade Mission to Toronto for Specialty and Natural Products

Event Date
Sep 07, 2022 – Sep 08, 2022
Location
Toronto, Canada
Early Registration Deadline
Jun 17, 2022
Early Registration Price
$400.00
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Jumpstart Your Product Export Sales to Canada

Canada has proven to be an appealing and profitable market for U.S. companies for many years. USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Office of Agricultural Affairs (OAA) in Ottawa reports that trade with Canada is facilitated by unparalleled regulatory cooperation, sophisticated transportation logistics and financial markets, geographic proximity, similar consumer preferences, and relatively affluent consumers.  Canada's agricultural trade is substantially influenced by intra-industry trade, particularly with value-added products.  But as similar as the U.S. and Canada are, there are differences that exporters must appreciate in order to succeed.

Approximately 90% of Canada’s nearly 38 million consumers live within 100 miles of the U.S. border.  As in any foreign market, understanding the nuances of the marketplace is critical to successfully launching a product in Canada.

The North American Free Trade Agreement, (NAFTA), was updated to the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA) in September 2018 and should reduce uncertainty over trade with the US. The agreement entered into force on July 1st, 2020. Canada’s recent trade agreement with the European Union (EU), the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), is an attempt to reorient more of its trade away from the U.S. and towards Europe. It eliminated 99% of tariffs on both sides and has boosted bilateral trade by about 20%.

U.S. Food & Agricultural Product Imports to Canada, By the Numbers

  • U.S. Consumer-Oriented Foods - US$17 billion (2020)
  • U.S. Processed Foods - US$13.1 billion (2020)
Meeting Foreign Buyers

Products of Interest

Top U.S. products in demand:

  • Food Preparations & Ingredients  
  • Snack Foods
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  • Chocolate & Confectionery
  • Dog & Cat Food
  • Pasta & Processed Cereals
  • Prepared/Preserved Meats
  • Condiments & Sauces, Jams & Jellies

Focused Trade Mission Services Provided

  • One-on-one meetings with qualified buyers
  • Pre-event custom product research including market overview, importation and distribution analysis
  • Market briefing by local USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service
  • Retail store tour
  • Table top showcase and trade reception
  • Inclusion in Trade Mission brochure containing your company profile, contact details and product lines
  • On-site assistance by Food Export's In-Market Representative
  • Identifying top leads

Preparation Assistance

Canada Country Profile

Start your trade mission journey now. We have the market intelligence you need to make informed decisions to determine if this market is right for your products.

Complimentary Webinars

Our educational webinars provide up-to-date exporter intelligence regarding specific markets, logistics, trade financing, documentation, how to meet and follow-up with international buyers, and much more.

Export Essentials Online

Whether you’re new to exporting or need to refresh your skills, this free online training course provides a comprehensive, flexible approach to learning the fundamentals and logistics of exporting.

Export Success

Participants in 2019 Focused Trade Missions Reported:

Market Access Program (MAP) Fund Utilization
22
1st Time Export Sales
New Distributorships Established
531
New Distributorships Established
New Foreign Buyer Contacts
1,607
New Foreign Buyer Introductions
Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) Fund Utilization
$78 Million
Projected Sales
Over $100k in New Export Sales
$15 Million
Actual Sales
Branded Program

Double Your International Marketing Budget

With the Branded Program, you may be eligible for 50% reimbursement on:

  • Promotions and product demonstrations
  • Advertising
  • Select international travel costs
  • Marketing and point-of-sale materials
  • Foreign market compliant packaging/labeling
  • And much more!
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