The United States and Canada boast one of the largest trade relationships in the world, with bilateral investment and trade totaling $1 trillion annually. Canada's strong dollar, friendly corporate tax system, close geographic location and common culture of democratic principles make Canada an excellent investment opportunity for American companies looking to expand their business profile.
At the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, the Economic Section, the U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) and the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) work to promote the export of U.S. goods, services and technology in today's global marketplace.
The Economic Section promotes United States policies and enhances the United States' relationship with Canada in economic, environmental and scientific affairs.
The U.S. Commercial Service offers assistance to American companies in promoting business in Canada, as well as exporting goods and services to Canada. Commercial Specialists can help you identify trade opportunities, find Canadian trading partners, launch your company and obtain market research reports. The Commercial Service also provides extensive information on major trade shows in Canada.
The Foreign Agricultural Service forms part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and provides trade contacts for Canadian buyers looking for U.S. food and beverage products, market briefs to help U.S. firms enter and compete in the Canadian food market, a directory of American food suppliers in Canada, and trade show assistance for U.S. suppliers. The Foreign Agricultural Service is also responsible for agricultural trade issues such as reforming farm support, food aid and biotechnology.
2013 Investment Climate Statement
U.S.-Canada Economic Fact Sheet
President Obama's National Export Initiative (NEI) has the goal of doubling U.S. exports over the next five years. With help from the U.S. Commercial Service and the Foreign Agricultural Service, you can:
- learn how to participate in key trade events;
- create an international marketing plan;
- identify new market opportunities;
- obtain trade leads and industry market research; and
- identify qualified agents, distributors and joint venture partners!