Business Opportunities In Canada - Two Weeks To Go!
23rd May 2019
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The UK exported £8.2 billion of goods and services to Canada in 2016, making it the UK's eighth biggest export market outside the EU. The UK is also Canada's seventh largest source of goods imports and second largest services trading partner.
Canada is an important market for Scotland's tourism businesses. In 2017, Canada was Scotland's 10th largest source market measured by number of visits; 5th largest by number of nights and 7th largest by expenditure.
Benefits for UK businesses
There are many reasons to choose Canada as an export destination:
It has similar legal and business practices to the UK
There are fewer trade restrictions due to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) agreement
It offers close proximity and easier access to the US market
It has a strong business and consumer base
Like the UK, it is considered to have one of the most transparent legislatures, with Canada ranked as one of the least corrupt nations in the world
Source - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/exporting-to-canada
Find out about:
Overview of the Canadian market
Market selection and routes to market from local firm Gaelforce
Opportunity to attend a tourism breakout session
The support available from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Development International, VisitScotland and the GlobalScot network
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