Doing Business in Canada

CPMA offers members a check list of necessary procedures to prepare your company for the challenges that may arise when marketing fresh produce. Whether you are importing or exporting into Canada, exporting from Canada or selling your products inter-provincially or intra-provincially, it is important for your company to be aware of the varying requirements it will face. After the product is sourced, documentation requirements must be assessed and if all are not completed, the shipment is jeopardized from the outset. Not only may the shipment be held up, but penalties may be levied for incorrect completion or omissions on forms. It is important to establish what is needed for your specific commodity and the timelines that are necessary to be successful in the process. This site also provides members with an outline of the paperwork required and links to sites that can provide you with on regulations and guidelines from Canadian government departments. The health and safety of Canadians is a top priority for government departments. In order to avoid any delays in clearing at the border, be well prepared to assure officials that the shipment has followed all the necessary procedures.

Please note: Information in the Doing Business in Canada Tool is undergoing revisions to reflect recent and emerging regulatory changes and will be posted once the revisions are complete. Members will be notified when the updates are available.


For more information contact: Sally Blackman (Manager, Issue Management) at: or (+1) 613-226-4187 x215

*CPMA’s Doing Business in Canada tool has been developed using input and existing content from sources outlined and identified within.