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Grow your trade around the world with help from commissioners

October 11, 2018

Did you know that approximately 58% of primary agriculture production in Canada is exported? Translation: The Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector is highly trade-oriented.

Whether they are helping you find market opportunities for your product or resolving market access issues or providing support on the ground, trade commissioners are here to help.

It's useful for Canadian agricultural businesses to understand how trade and exports work. That's why Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) offers the Agri-Food Trade Commissioner Service (AFTCS), which is part of the broader Trade Commissioner Service run by Global Affairs Canada. Trade commissioners are a valuable resource to the agriculture and agri-food sector across Canada.

There are 35 trade commissioners in 15 markets around the world, ready to help your business thrive on a global scale. Watch this video to hear directly from some of our trade commissioners about how their specialized expertise can help you.

AAFC's trade commissioners identify and develop new opportunities for Canadian agri-food exporters. This is a vital part of helping ensure Canadian agriculture and food producers have access to world markets.

Trade commissioners can work with you to help improve your export strategy for maximum success. They are embedded in their regions and are a wealth of local knowledge for exporters who might be unfamiliar with various global markets. Whether it's understanding the culture, labelling, consumer trends or taste preferences, trade commissioners have the answers!

Trade commissioners also provide a key service in supporting international trade shows and missions. In addition, if you are an industry association or a for-profit Canadian agricultural business, you can take advantage of programs that will support your participation at the world's largest international trade shows and help you seize key market opportunities. Read more about the Canada Pavilion Program and the AgriMarketing Program to find out how you can promote your product(s) to thousands of international buyers.

To learn more about how, find a trade commissioner or contact a regional office of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada.

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