International Trade

Import/Export Guide

As you run your business, you may find it necessary or beneficial to begin importing and exporting goods across national borders. For entrepreneurs who are inexperienced in the realm of international trade, however, this task may seem intimidating. While it’s true that there are many different rules and regulations you have to follow to trade legally, there are also just as many resources available to help you through each one.

The BC provincial government has an online guide that neatly combines Small Business BC’s free resources on importing and exporting. To download the PDF in a new tab, click here.

Tools for Trade

If your business has a membership with any Chamber of Commerce in Canada, then it will be eligible to receive advisory assistance from the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) through Tools for Trade. Distributed across Canada and abroad, Canadian trade commissioners are available to help businesses navigate the complexities of international markets. Run by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Trade Commissioner Service provides information on exporting goods from Canada, investing in Canada, finding relevant education opportunities, and connecting with international innovators.

For businesses looking to expand internationally, the TCS can provide assistance in assessing and improving their ability to compete internationally. They help companies in finding target markets, developing business strategies, and collecting valuable industry information. By maintaining a working relationship with their local trade commissioner, companies going international receive a major edge over their competition. For more information, click here.


Certificate of Origin

The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce can provide certificates of origin for both members and non-members as an essential trade service. This is primarily for the confirmation of the origin of goods and is a requirement of many countries before goods are allowed into their country.

Not all Chamber staff are able to assist with this service so please call ahead at 604-464-2716 to be sure the appropriate person is available. 

Please read below to find out more about what is required. The required forms are listed below as PDFs for you to view or print.

Certification Requirements for all Documents:

  1. For reasons of liability, all documents presented to the Tri-Cities Chamber must be notarized before they can be certified. The notarization process can beCertificate of Origin – Additional Requirements Certificate of Origin – Certification Requirements TCCOC Certificate of Origin – template costly and time-consuming. An alternative to notarizing individual documents is through a Letter of Waiver.  If a notarized Letter of Waiver for your company is presented to, or on file with the Chamber, no additional documents to be certified by the Chamber need to be notarized. Please use the appropriate form below:
  2. In addition to document notarization, the Chamber also requires a duly notarized copy of your organization’s business registration (describing your operations) with the Federal or Provincial Government, with confirmation of annual business license renewal. Please use this form:
  3. Documents must meet the following requirements before they can be certified by the Tri-Cities Chamber:
    • The original document has been duly signed by an authorized representative and notarized (if no Letter of Waiver on file).
    • If a notarized Letter of Waiver for your company is presented or on file with the Tri-Cities Chamber, no documents to be certified by the Chamber need to be notarized.
    • Documents must be issued by a Canadian company.
    • Documents must be accompanied by the proper background documentation.
    • Documents must be accompanied by proof of business registration.
    • Documents must be issued using one of the Chamber templates.
    • An appointment has been made with the Chamber.
    • The required fees have been paid.

Fees:

Members

Certificate of Origin             $25.00+GST
Additional Seals                   $25.00+GST
Additional Stamp                 $5.00+GST

Non-Members  

Certificate of Origin             $50.00+GST
Additional Seals                  $50.00+GST
Additional Stamps                $10.00+GST

*Duplicate copies of a Certificate of Origin are $5+GST per copy.

For documents we DO NOT certify please check the BC Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.bcchamber.org/members/certification.html