Gus Lazopoulos, CITP|FIBP – Managing Partner

Over the course of his career, Gus has accumulated both the practical experience and the education to excel in exports and imports. He is excited to use what he has learned from both paths to continue to seize on new and exciting international business opportunities as Managing Partner of Global Exports Leaders Corp. in Toronto.


4 lessons learned from famous market entry failures

Occasionally, huge companies fail in new markets. Just because a company may have an internationally recognized and respected brand does not mean that it is invulnerable to failure when it tries to enter a new space.

Here are some of the most famous market entry failures of the past few decades, and the lessons to be learned from them.


International businesses beware, the U.S. has entered a new era of sanctions enforcement

Make no mistake about it – sanctions enforcement is here to stay. We are at an important crossroads – the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control is flexing its compliance enforcement muscle, along with the criminal prosecution capabilities of the Department of Justice.
In the years to come, we will look back on these days as the beginning of a new era of sanctions enforcement.


Katerina Platova, CITP|FIBP, Import/Export Specialist

Katerina is a Senior Capacity Buyer for C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc., where she helps businesses of all sizes make their supply chain and logistics smarter and more efficient.
As an import/export specialist Katerina has been involved in the global trade industry for over 13 years, with experience in international sales and communications, logistics and supply chain management.


Murat Can Sahin, CITP|FIBP – Foreign Trade Specialist

Following a lifetime’s interest in buying and selling goods around the world, Murat’s career as a Foreign Trade Specialist has already taken him to three continents and involved major projects and responsibilities.


Exporters and Rules of Origin: Get in on NAFTA’s benefits and avoid heavy penalties

The “Rules of Origin” under NAFTA are the criteria used to determine the country of origin of a product that is being imported or exported within the NAFTA region.
As part of NAFTA, the United States, Canada and Mexico (the “Parties”) have all agreed to reduce and/or eliminate tariffs on goods that originate from their respective territories. However, the Parties continue to apply significantly higher tariffs to goods that do not originate in one of the NAFTA countries.


Why Canadians should consider doing business in Hong Kong

In 2014, bilateral trade between Hong Kong and Canada was valued at US$4.6 billion, with exports reaching US$2.9 billion and imports worth US$1.68 billion last year. It turns out a lot of Canadians are doing business in Hong Kong.