Doing Business in the Middle East and Africa

The Middle East and Africa represents Canada's 5th largest export destination for agri-food and seafood products with exports of $3.6 billion in 2015. It is the second largest population block in the world, with a market of over 1.4 billion people. It is growing more and more attractive to global suppliers like Canada, particularly in the sectors of grains and pulses as well as in niche areas such as skim milk powder. Canadian agriculture, agri-food and seafood exports have more than doubled over the past decade, with two way trade also doubling - reaching $4.8 billion in 2015. Some great opportunities for Canadian businesses. The following information can enhance your business activities in the Middle East and Africa Region.

Market intelligence

Access reports that discuss opportunities in the Middle East and Africa, and learn about market trends in your state or sector of interest.

Trade data and analysis

Check out statistics on Canada-Middle East and Africa agriculture exports and imports.

Trade agreements

Find out about Canada's current trade agreements with the Middle East and Africa and broader negotiations.

Need funding?

Agricutlure and Agri-Food Canada offers small and medium-sized companies funding to undertake international export market activities. Find out how the AgriMarketing program can help you.

Trade Commissioner Service (TCS)

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and learn how your company or organization can benefit from export advice and guidance to help you achieve your international business goals.

Need assistance in the Middle Eastern and African markets?

The Market Access Secretariat (MAS) is your single window for market access and market development inquiries. Contact MAS at

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