Canadian international merchandise trade, October 2013

December 19, 2013

The following is excerpted from a 4 December 2013 release by Statistics Canada.

Canada's merchandise imports declined 1.2% and exports decreased 0.3% in October. As a result, Canada's trade balance with the world went from a deficit of $303 million in September to a surplus of $75 million in October.

Schulich School of Business Launches Centre for Global Enterprise

December 17, 2013

The Schulich School of Business at York University [has] launched the Centre for Global Enterprise, a one-stop consulting, research and teaching hub that will actively help Canada's small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to compete internationally.

WTO Decision on EU Ban on Seal Products

December 10, 2013

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, today issued the following statement:

Minister Ritz Makes Case in Washington to End U.S. COOL Dispute

December 7, 2013

Agriculture Minister Ritz held meetings [yesterday] with members of the U.S. Congress, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and U.S. and Canadian industry representatives in Washington D.C. on the subject of mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (COOL). Minister Ritz continued to pressure key members of the U.S.

Exports continue to climb, says EDC report, but US remains strongest market for Canada

December 3, 2013

According to the November 2013 Export Performance Monitor report, Canadian exports rose 1.8% to $40.6 billion in September, driven almost entirely by rising volumes. August growth was revised up from 1.8% to 2.4%, pushing it to the largest monthly increase in almost 2 years. Exports are now up 7.2% compared to September of last year, a healthy gain for 2013, said the EDC.