Exporting guide to Canada
Close ties with the UK
Canada has a close trade relationship with the UK. Our ties are built on a long and proud history of working together. We are the only two countries to be members of the G7, the G20, the Commonwealth, Five Eyes and NATO.
Similar business practices
Canada has similar legal and business practices to the UK. In 2017, around 11,600 UK VAT-registered companies exported goods to Canada, worth around £4.8 billion in exports (HMRC, 2017).
Canada has a highly developed and competitive market. Its strong business and consumer base is sensitive to both price and quality. Bringing something new or different are often seen as the keys to success.
Canada: at a glance
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Opportunities for exporters
There are opportunities for UK companies across a broad range of industries. Our trade advisers in Canada have identified particular opportunities for UK businesses in the following sectors:
Public infrastructure projects
The Canadian government continues to plan widespread public infrastructure improvements. This presents opportunities for UK businesses to enter a market with a reliable pipeline of opportunities.
Demand for UK services
UK businesses are respected in Canada, and they are recognised for long-term market experience and thought leadership. This helps UK suppliers looking to export, especially specialised technical and advisory services.
Food and drink
Diverse consumer market
Canada has an affluent and sophisticated consumer base with a strong appetite for free-from, organic, speciality and health foods. There is also demand for religious, snack and convenience foods. This diverse market offers a wide range of opportunities for UK business to enter the market.
Demand for premium products
In Canada, UK food has a strong reputation for quality. There are opportunities for purveyors of premium products, especially in categories such as niche meats and fine cheeses.