Before importing 

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If you are thinking about importing for the first time, or if you're looking for suppliers, learn about resources and organizations that could help you take those first steps.

Registering for an import/export account

Before you start importing, you must register your business for an import/export account.

  • Business Number (BN)

    Your Business Number is your single account number for dealing with the federal government regarding taxes, payroll, import/export and other activities.

Finding suppliers abroad

If you can't find suitable domestic vendors for the products you need, you may have to consider importing your products. Finding and selecting foreign suppliers can be time consuming, particularly if you are new to the import business. These resources could help you avoid certain risks and locate international suppliers.