Exporting from East Hants

September 15, 2021

Selling your products and services outside of Nova Scotia and Canada is an excellent way to reach new customers and increase sales. Since 2016, Nova Scotia exports have grown an average of five per cent per year. Now is the time to join other Nova Scotian businesses that are taking advantage of the benefits of exporting.

Why Export?

There are many benefits to exporting, which is why your business should be looking to expand to new markets, both nationally and internationally.

Being active in other markets can lead to more clients which means increased sales and profitability for your company. Exporting can help your company be more productive, innovative, and resilient. Your business diversifies, becomes more competitive, and grows in other ways beyond profit when you export.

East Hants is the prime location for global trade. We are located along major Nova Scotia highways, close to the CN Rail Mainline and the Port of Halifax, and only 10 minutes from Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Our proximity to the airport makes us one of the closest North American links to the European Union and Asia – talk about a strategic location!

How to Get Started

Selling in a new market, especially in a foreign county, may seem intimidating and you may not know where to start. However, if you’ve ever sold a product, or done work for a client, outside of the province or country, then you’ve already exported!

Whether you’re new to exporting or you’ve already taken the first few steps, there are organizations ready to help you succeed:

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) helps Nova Scotian companies improve their export performance and grow their business through specialized trade programs and services.

Business Development Bank of Canada works with small and medium-sized businesses to offer flexible financing, advisory services and smart capital to help them grow and succeed at every stage.

Trade Commissioner Service provides financial support and personalized advice to connect you with potential foreign partners and pursue new business opportunities abroad.

Export Development Canada assists businesses with navigating, managing and taking on risk to support their growth beyond Canada’s borders, through access to working capital, risk mitigation services and global connections. 

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) creates opportunities for economic growth in Atlantic Canada through a variety of business information services, including their Accelerated Growth Service which can help high growth companies with financing, exporting, and innovation. 

Exporting Opportunities

  • Food & beverage production
  • Agricultural commodities
  • Natural resources
  • Manufacturing
  • Information and communications technology
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