Ignoring international business competition is no longer an option for SMEs

In the past, smaller firms tended to focus on local and domestic markets. Moreover, when protectionism was rampant, smaller firms tended to be insulated from international markets. Distances, unique cultural characteristics, politics, tariffs and regulations all combined to protect them from international business competition.

Ewan Roy

Ewan Roy

I'm a Digital Marketing Specialist for the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT). My background is in writing and research, and I am passionate about communicating new ideas and telling stories that matter to you.

Four major ways international trade has changed over the past one hundred years

The past one hundred years have brought about incredible changes in nearly every industry and area of society. International trade is no exception. The way…

Bennett O'Brien

Bennett O'Brien

Bennett O'Brien is a freelance writer from the state of Massachusetts in the United States. He holds a bachelor's degree from Westfield State University, and graduated cum laude. Currently he is expanding his freelance writing career, and enjoying the opportunity to write on a variety of business topics.

Are countries using trade protectionism to safeguard their economies or as political ammunition?

I’ve been reading a lot in the news lately about the different protectionist trade measures countries around the world are taking in the name of safeguarding their local growers, producers and manufacturers.

Daniella D'Alimonte

Daniella D'Alimonte

With her background in writing, marketing and business journalism, Daniella focuses on crafting quality stories and relevant content to inform and inspire the international business community.

3 things you must consider before you import from abroad

Many countries have entered into trade pacts or agreements and, through negotiation, have established rules and regulations to govern orderly trade. These trade agreements, along with the relative reduction in trade barriers that ensue, make it simpler to import from abroad.

Jacob Varghese

Jacob Varghese

Jacob is the VP of Marketing and Technology at the Forum for International Trade Training. Focused on improving the customer experience. A Content chef; words, images, some code and a healthy serving of web analytics.

Peeking into the South American international trade divide: protectionist Atlantic vs. open Pacific

We could argue forever over which South American international trade policies are best for economic growth and long-term development.

Gabriela Castro-Fontoura

Gabriela Castro-Fontoura

Gabriela Castro-Fontoura is the Director at international boutique consultancy Sunny Sky Solutions based in Montevideo (Uruguay). Sunny Sky Solutions is all about making it easier to do business with Latin America. From market research to distributor recruitment – and beyond – whatever stage you’re at.

Global Logistics Specialist – Standard Innovation

Company: Standard Innovation Position: Global Logistics Specialist Location: Ottawa, ON Description: Reporting to the Vice President of Operations, the Global Logistics Specialist is responsible for ensuring the efficient execution…

It’s time to start building your global business relationships with the EU

A wave of anti-EU opinions since the election seems to be threatening to affect the EU’s direction, and some pessimists worry that this could change the outcome of both Canada’s and the USA’s trade agreements with Europe.

Ennio Vita-Finzi, CITP|FIBP

Ennio Vita-Finzi, CITP|FIBP

Ennio Vita-Finzi is a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) and was a Trade Commissioner in Europe, Latin America and the US as well as President of the Canadian Council for the Americas during NAFTA negotiations. He has been a multinational executive and entrepreneur and is now a College lecturer, keynote speaker, and author based in Montreal. (e.vita-finzi@sympatico.ca)

How vital is government intervention to international trade growth?

Indeed, it is the countries with the greatest international trade infrastructure where trade really thrives. This is not to suggest that governments alone are responsible for the promotion and expansion of international business, but rather, that it doesn’t hurt to have them on your side.

Justin Bedi

Justin Bedi

Justin Bedi is a master of international trade student at the University of Saskatchewan’s Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. With his primary focus in Canadian trade policy, he has studied a range of topics from international commercial law to the use of statistical modelling in global trade patterns. Being a policy student at heart, Justin has a deep appreciation for trade policy as a discipline and industry in Canada. Upon graduation he hopes to assist firms in better understanding the global trade environment, in either a private or public setting.

Plan your Caribbean (CARICOM) market entry strategy and start avoiding Canadian winters

Now a great time to begin putting together your market entry strategy; currently, CARICOM and Canada are negotiating a trade and investment agreement.

Michelle Hustler, CITP®|FIBP®

Michelle Hustler, CITP®|FIBP®

Michelle Hustler is a Trade and Business Development Specialist, focusing on trade in services. Canadian born, Michelle now lives in the Caribbean. In fact, she wrote this article from a lounge chair on a beach in Barbados!

Customs/Tax Analyst — Toronto Transit Commission

The Toronto Transit Commission is seeking a Customs/Tax Analyst to co-ordinate the clearance and release of all the TTC’s imports and exports in accordance with North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) rules, and U.S. and Canada Customs Acts by liaising with TTC staff, the TTC’s customs broker, foreign suppliers and Canada and U.S. customs officers.