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Start With Canada

Start With Canada

A strong first step can help pave the way for your international market exploration.

A strong first step can help pave the way for your international market exploration.

The Advantages of Exporting to Canada

Branching out from domestic to international markets can be a major turning point for any business. With plenty of variables to factor in, from shipping costs and customs regulations to language and culture, it’s easiest to start out by exploring markets that resemble the ones your business is already accustomed to.

For U.S. businesses aspiring to grow internationally, that makes Canada a logical starting point. With a similar business culture, majority English-speaking population and opportunities for cost-efficient ground shipping, Canada can bridge the gap to international markets without disrupting many of your company’s established practices.


Root Your Growth in a Strong Trade Relationship

Location and language aren’t the only factors that make Canada a promising first export destination. Over decades of trade, the U.S. and its northern neighbor have built a solid relationship that’s beneficial for both countries — and makes a strong foundation to build on as you explore global opportunities.


U.S. states rank Canada as their number one export market.


of Canadians live within 100 miles of the U.S. border, making FedEx International Ground an option for many destinations.


of total U.S. exports went to Canada in 2017, totaling $341 billion.

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Ground shipping to Canada is convenient and cost-effective.

Ground shipping to Canada is convenient and cost-effective.

FedEx offers comprehensive ground shipping coverage from the U.S. to 100% of Canadian business and residential addresses. With affordable rates and the ability to bill the Clearance Entry Fees to the Importer of Record or a third party, it’s a practical, cost-effective option in many cases. Plus, it offers door-to-door delivery in 2 to 7 business days for packages weighing less than 150 lbs.


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Essential Knowledge for Exporting to Canada


English and French are both official languages of Canada. English is almost universally spoken, but French is still prominent: around 30% of Canadians reported being able to conduct a conversation in French in the country’s 2016 census. The French-speaking population is concentrated around the city of Quebec, where almost 95% of the population reported the ability to speak conversational French.


The Canadian dollar, the official currency of Canada, sounds familiar but is not interchangeable with the American dollar. Both countries’ currency values fluctuate independently of one another, so it’s important to stay aware of how the exchange rate will impact transactions. One country’s currency can be traded for another’s via banks and currency exchange businesses, usually for a fee.

Leading Sectors for U.S. Exports

According to trade and industry experts at the U.S. Embassy, a wide range of industries offer great market potential for American companies exporting to Canada. Promising industries include (but are not limited to):

  • Aerospace
  • Agricultural Machinery and Equipment
  • Automotive
  • Defense Products and Services
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Mining
  • Oil and Gas
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Pollution Control/Wastewater Treatment
  • Power Generation
  • Recreational Vehicles (Automobiles and Snowmobiles)
  • Renewable Energy
  • Safety and Security Equipment
  • Textiles
  • Travel and Tourism

Get more detailed information about each of these areas with the in-depth Canada Country Commercial Guide, prepared by U.S. Embassy experts in partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service. 

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