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CITP® |FIBP® Spotlight
Philip Cohen, CITP|FIBP – President and Professor

With decades of business leadership, consulting and teaching experience, Philip Cohen has a wealth of wisdom and knowledge to share with business professionals and students…

Adriana Carrillo, CITP|FIBP – Senior Export Advisor

Early in life Adriana Carrillo became interested in international issues. She specifically wanted to understand, why conflict rises between countries and how to prevent this.

Ronak Patel, CITP|FIBP – Logistics Coordinator

After earning his FITT Diploma and working in logistics for over two years, Ronak Patel is excited about how his designation will now help his career.

Feasibility of International Trade
Getting the funding you need to go global

In this month’s #TradeElite Twitter chat, we sought to explore the practical aspects of obtaining the funding needed to enter global markets for the first time.

Ontario is seizing global opportunities to increase international trade for its businesses

With globalization, evolving trade agreements and increased competition, the province is taking action to help Ontario businesses expand their international trade to new markets through Ontario’s Global Trade Strategy, Seizing Global Opportunities.

How can global entrepreneurs overcome their biggest challenges?

To get a glimpse into the situations global entrepreneurs face and put our fingers on some great solutions, we assembled a panel of experts who have been there, done that, and are helping others successfully enter international waters as global business owners.

Import Export Trade Management
Today, compliance does not eliminate corruption – but that’s changing

Your compliance program needs to evolve to reflect the growing trend of calling out and eliminating corruption and unethical business practices.

NAFTA will soon have new digital trade rules – how will they affect you?

NAFTA hasn’t been updated to reflect the modern realities of digital trade. So what should be done about that, and how will it affect you?

How banks can lead the way to sustainable trade

The solution to sustainable trade lies in educating the market on the need to go green, outlining guidelines for sustainable trade, and developing robust standards on which to measure it.

International Trade Finance
Banks working together to help bridge Asia’s trade finance gap

Despite increasing regulatory challenges, banks are collaborating to help bridge Asia’s trade finance gap.

20 trade finance terms you need to know

Can’t remember or don’t know what specific trade finance terms mean? Here are 20 helpful definitions you need to know in international business.

How banks can lead the way to sustainable trade

The solution to sustainable trade lies in educating the market on the need to go green, outlining guidelines for sustainable trade, and developing robust standards on which to measure it.

Market Entry Strategies
Direct or indirect exporting: which is the best fit for your business?

Two of the most popular strategies to enter new markets are direct and indirect exporting. Which one, if either, makes the most sense for your business?

Use these 10 international trade directories to find your next partner or distributor

Here are some of the best online international trade directories you can use to source and establish those key contacts for your international venture.

The best approach to finding and signing new partners and distributors

Building relationships with partners and distributors is one of the best ways to grow your business and ensure market entry success. Here’s how to do it right.

Top 5 international marketing tips straight from the experts

We’ve gathered 5 international marketing tips straight from the experts to help you avoid the pitfalls and set your company up for success in the transition from domestic to international markets.

21 interview questions you should ask potential sales agents before hiring them

This list is not exhaustive but provides an example of the information that exporters should gather and use to screen potential sales agents.

How can consultants make a strong first impression to win over new international clients?

The independent consultant knows that the first image a potential buyer experiences is vital to the credibility of the pitch that follows.

Use this export costing sheet to track your spending and keep your business profitable

An export costing sheet details the costs involved in supplying goods to a foreign importer, so you can track all the costs involved in a transaction.

The 4 sample plans you need when researching new markets

When researching new markets, you need to have a plan in place to guide your efforts. These are 4 methods for sampling to help gather accurate information.

How will today’s tech innovations affect the future of your global business?

Find out what the experts in our latest #TradeElite Twitter chat had to say about how today’s tech innovations are already changing how we do business.