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Canadian Importers Database: Free information at your fingertips

April 30, 2012 - Tags: Import, Research and data

Istock 000005195089smallDid you know that you have access to a selection of free, online tools designed to make your business research easier? The Canadian Importers Database is one such tool that can help you find products, suppliers or sales leads.

You can use the Canadian Importers Database to research companies that might be in the market for your goods or services. Perhaps you have a new product to sell to Canadian businesses that have been relying on foreign sources as their suppliers. You can use this database as a tool for market intelligence; it can be a partial list for sales leads or distributors.

If you are looking for a supplier of a product that is difficult to find locally, you may need to turn to the Canadian Importers Database. This online resource can help you locate a variety of importers across the country. You can focus on the demands of your own business by leaving the importing to companies that are specialized in this area.

If you operate a business related to the transportation or importation of goods the tool could help you identify some potential clients for your services.

Importers by product

Browse the list of Harmonized Systems codes for the product in question or perform a search using keywords to find the correct 6-digit code. At the 6-digit level you may refine your search to a specific country. Drill down to the 10-digit level to find importers at more specific product categories. 

Importers by location

Use the tool to find:

  • Importers by city — Use the search tool to generate a list of importers in the city you specify.
  • Importers by country — Find importers based on the country you specify.

The data comes from Canada Border Services Agency, based on import documents. Bear in mind that some information remains confidential, but you should have enough to get started.

Another resource that can help you find Canadian suppliers is Canadian Company Capabilities. If you still need to source the goods you need abroad, take a look at our Importing section to learn about this process.

Comments

pl send me textile & apparel importes & exportes database

By peiris on April 30, 2012

I love forward my company details to access potential customer that may be interested to do business with us. We are genuine honey exporter.

By idiabeta on May 2, 2012

I own two clothing stores in Rome and I would like to open one in Ontario. What are my first steps?

By Debbie on May 2, 2012

Hello Debbie,

The steps you need to take would depend on a number of factors, including your citizenship, the kind of business structure you want to have and the specific location of your clothing store. You can take a look at the Canadian business immigration programs that are open to you. In Rome, you can also contact the local offices of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada for help with your specific business questions. 

Online, you can find out more about the Canadian and Ontario business environments through the Invest in Canada and the Invest in Ontario websites.

You can also contact Canada Business Ontario directly, using our contact us page.

Good luck with your new store!

By Canada Business on May 7, 2012

Hello Idiabeta,

Our Export market research section has information to help you find new markets for your honey business, and you may find other useful tips in our Exporting section. You may also wish to register your business with Canadian Companies Capabilities, where you can add your company profile to a database of over 60,000 Canadian businesses.

Good luck!

By Canada Business on May 7, 2012

Hello Peiris,

You could use the Canadian Importers Database to search for a variety of products under the category of textiles and textile articles. If you’re looking for exporters, you could do a search on the Canadian Company Capabilities database, a handy place to find Canadian suppliers with national and international import/export experience. Our section on Exporting and importing could also provide you with useful information on this topic.

Best of luck!

By Canada Business on May 7, 2012

I would like to put a sewing thread shop in Ontario as I am a business man in Bangladesh and I have a sewing thread factory in my country so please reply me with suitable solution.

By MOHAMMAD on May 8, 2012

Hello Mohammad,
The steps for setting up your thread shop in Ontario will be based on a number of factors including your citizenship, the specific location you choose and the kind of business structure you want. You can start by exploring the Canadian business immigration programs that are open to you. You can also contact the Bangladesh office of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada for help with your specific business questions. 
Online, you can find out more about the Canadian and Ontario business environments through the Invest in Canada and the Invest in Ontario websites.
You can also contact Canada Business Ontario directly, using our contact us page.
Good luck with your business!

By Canada Business on May 8, 2012

I would like to export furniture products to Canada. Please reply to me the steps to be covered to execute such venture.

By Biju on May 12, 2012

Hello Biju,

Thank you for contacting Canada Business. For information regarding exporting furniture to Canada, please contact the closest Canadian office abroad, where you can learn more about Doing Business with Canada.

We wish you success with your plans.

By Canada Business on May 14, 2012

Dear sirs
We are manufacturers of baby clothes. We need to export our merchandise to Canada. Can you help me to have some wholesales interested in baby clothes.

By mounir on August 23, 2012

Hello Mounir,

You may be able to find contact information for Canadian wholesalers of baby clothes by searching the Canadian Importers Database by product.

By Canada Business on August 24, 2012

Hello,
I am a Canadian citizen that is interested in connecting a Pakistani textile factory with Canadian manufactures. Could you please tell me the most efficient way to gather a contact list of Canadian textile manufacturers. Thank you so much for your time.

By David on September 20, 2012

Hello David,

Canadian Company Capabilities (CCC) is a database that can help you find and connect with companies across Canada. CCC includes hundreds of specialized manufacturing, service, and product-specific business directories that you can search to find potential business partners.

By Canada Business on September 24, 2012

Hello :

Can you please let me know how can I find database for international companies that import goods from Canada ?

By Raad on September 26, 2012

Hi
  I am from India and i would like to export ayurvedic items to Canada… Pls guide me whom to contact for the proceedings and how to find the right person with import license

By delsya on September 28, 2012

Hello Delsya,

You may be able to find contact information for Canadian wholesalers of ayurvedic products in the Canadian Importers Database, which provides lists of companies that import goods into Canada. You can view results by product, by city and by country of origin.
Good luck with your search.

By Canada Business on October 1, 2012

Hello Raad,

To find foreign importers of Canadian goods, you may want to contact a Canadian Trade Commissioner abroad. Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada maintains a list of each country’s Trade Office. On their website, you can also search for Canadian representatives abroad. Your industry association is another resource to keep in mind.

To increase your visibility to foreign and local buyers, you can register with Canadian Company Capabilities (CCC).

For more information, browse our Export market research section or contact the Canada Business service centre in your province or territory or call toll free 1-888-576-4444 (TTY 1-800-457-8466).

Good luck with your plans.

By Canada Business on October 2, 2012

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