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  • Upcoming BC/WA Trade Events (Nov 2016 - Feb 2017)

    Heads up for the following trade-related events in British Columbia and Washington during the next few months. Additional events are listed in the following trade event calendars and websites:


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    Small Business BC 

    Export Washington

    Trade and Invest British Columbia 

    Export Development Canada

    Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington

    Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

    American Chamber of Commerce in Canada – Pacific Chapter

    Pacific Corridor Enterprise Council (PACE) 

    Greater Spokane Incorporated - International Trade

    World Trade Center Tacoma  

    World Trade Center Seattle

    Publisher's Comment 

    In praise of the lowly pallet

    According to a recent article in Inbound Logistics magazine, “Some 80 percent of all U.S. commerce is carried on pallets, making them an indispensable part of nearly every supply chain.” They estimate there are over 2 billion pallets circulating around the United States of all sizes and makeup. The most common standard size of 40-inch by 48-inch is set by the grocery industry, but many other sizes are also used. Many newer businesses using our third-party logistics services are not aware of the most common ramifications, including (1) fumigation requirements when receiving wood pallets from offshore, (2) the “art” of stacking wrapping and banding a pallet so it will withstand frequent handling and cross-docking along its journey, (3) the cost of pallets and shipping materials needed to properly palletize an outbound shipment, and (4) the issue of dealing with grossly oversize, cheaply stacked and non-reusable incoming pallets from suppliers trying to minimize their cost. As usual, pre-planning and consultation with experts is always a good idea.

    Article Link: Inbound Logistics

    --Jim Pettinger

    2016 BC Export Awards

    When:  Friday, November 18, 2016

    Where:  Vancouver, BC - Hyatt Regency Hotel

    Cost:   BIV Subscribers - $115 | Non-subscribers - $145

    Info:   BC Export Awards

    The BC Export Awards are the province’s most prestigious awards paying tribute to the success and innovative approaches of BC export companies. Extending across industries the awards recognize achievements in 12 different categories and are a celebration of the contributions exporters have made to both the provincial and national economy. Conceived in 1982, the program has recognized over 300 companies since its inception, reflecting the growth and diversity of BC’s economy over the past 30 years.

    Canada/USA Trade and Compliance Seminars

    When:  Fall/Winter 2016

    Where:  Surrey, BC - Pacific Customs Brokers Ltd. Training Room

    Cost:   See website

    Info:   Pacific Customs Brokers

    Pacific Customs Brokers hosts a series of educational seminars and workshops to assist business owners, importers, exporters, managers, CFO's, purchasers and shippers on topics relating to Canada and USA importing, exporting and customs compliance.

    International Consumer Electronics Show

    When:  January 5 - January 08, 2017, 8:00am to- 6:00pm

    Where:  Las Vegas, Nevada - Las Vegas Convention Center

    Cost:   See website

    Info:   CES

    International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Held in Las Vegas every year, it has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. International CES showcases more than 3,600 exhibiting companies, including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more. The conference hosts more than 150,000 attendees from 150 countries.

    Cargo Logistics Canada Conference & Expo

    When:  February 8 - February 9, 2017, 8:00am to 6:00pm

    Where:  Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Convention Centre

    Cost:   See website

    Info:   Cargo Logistics Canada

    The 4th annual Cargo Logistics Canada Conference & Expo is Canada’s largest and most diverse gathering of transport, supply chain and logistics industry professionals including shippers, beneficial cargo owners, forwarders, 3PL/warehousing, sea port authorities, inland terminals, and more. The conference features an exhibit show floor with over 150 exhibiting companies plus a conference program that includes over 35 educational sessions over the two day event. If your company has a supply chain that runs through Canada you will want to attend CLC 2017.

    Angel Forum (and Investor Ready Workshops)

    When: 2016

    Where:  Vancouver, BC

    Cost:   See website

    Info:   Angel Forum

    Founded in 1997, this is the only Angel Capital Forum ™ in Canada that introduces emerging companies to private equity Angel Investors. Presenting companies have raised over $35 million directly through the Forum. Since 1998, we have offered Investor Ready ™ workshops for companies and investors. As the oldest & largest angel network in Western Canada with 50+ investors (from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Victoria,  Bellingham and Seattle),  we are supported by leading organizations in BC and belong to Canada's National Angel Capital Organization and US's Angel Capital Association. Our private meetings are exclusive to only pre-registered Investors, selected Companies and Sponsors.

    GOT NEXUS? If not, click on the link in the right-hand column at www.UCanTrade.com and enjoy cruising past the long border lineups.

    About UCanTrade, Inc.

    UCanTrade exists to help Canadian companies market and distribute profitably in the United States. Our objective is to help you overcome the "border barrier" by providing a low-cost, fully equipped, fully staffed extension of your Canadian office in the nearby United States. From our 20,000 sq. ft. facility in Ferndale, Washington, UCanTrade provides more than 120 Canadian exporters and importers with USA Marketing Support Services, including USA business identity, warehousing, distribution, order fulfillment, trade-show support, return/repair, and Foreign-Trade Zone consulting services.

    Contact (360) 380-6900 or 1 (800) 799-8848