International Business Resources

We’ve made a selection of our international business resources available to you to help you get the information you need to compete in global markets.

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International Business Resources

We’ve made a selection of our international business resources available to you to help you get the information you need to compete in global markets.

FITT Occupational Profiles
FITT International Business Guide: How to Overcome Potential Trade Barriers
FITT International Business Guide: Pros and Cons of Outsourcing Product Manufacturing and Services

Whitepaper - International Trade Professionals are the Drivers of Growth
Whitepaper - Is International Trade an Activity or a Profession?
International Trade Workforce Strategy
International Trade Human Resources Sector Study: Pre-Assessment
Integrative Trade Competency Framework
Certified International Trade Professional (
CITP®|FIBP®
) Competency Profile
Guide to Importing 
CGA-FITT-Nanos International Business Survey Results


FITT Occupational Profiles

The focus of these profiles is to provide a comprehensive summary of the required competencies for twenty priority international trade occupations. We have defined these competencies, which are connected to the FITT International Trade Competency Framework. The Framework reflects current and future practices and contains standards for multiple international trade occupations, the first of its kind ever created for international trade. 

These Occupational Profiles are meant to be living documents and will therefore evolve and change as international business practices evolve and change.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Sector Initiatives Program (SIP). The opinions and interpretations in these publications are those of FITT and do not necessarily reflect those of the Government of Canada.

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FITT International Business Guide: How to Overcome Potential Trade Barriers

This guide is intended to provide exporters with a concise introduction to globally applicable barriers, some key challenges that may be encountered when seeking to enter the United States (U.S.) market, suggestions for strategies to overcome these challenges, and sources for further research.

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FITT International Business Guide: Pros and Cons of Outsourcing Product Manufacturing and Services

This guide is intended to provide a concise review of outsourcing as a possible strategy to consider by any company facing the challenges of increasing costs, shortage of labour needed to expand, or competition from home or abroad.

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Whitepaper - International Trade Professionals are the Drivers of Growth

Nearly 200 international business professionals from across Canada and internationally gathered over the past year to take part in our International Trade Competency Standards Project, funded in part by the Government of Canada's Sectoral Initiatives Program.

Read this whitepaper to learn more about how these individuals helped us create world class standards and, for the first time, developed well-defined job profiles for professionals in the industry.

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Whitepaper - Is International Trade an Activity or a Profession?

Despite being one of the oldest professions in the world, international trade just doesn’t have the same level of visibility or recognition as other vocations.

Read this whitepaper that discusses the challenges faced by international trade professionals and some solutions around gaining credibility for global trade competencies.

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International Trade Workforce Strategy

Canada is beginning to fall behind in its readiness to trade globally. FITT's new report, the International Trade Workforce Strategy, identifies two critical gaps between what global commerce requires for success and what Canada's workforce can supply. The report is the outcome of the world's first-ever study into the state of a country's international trade workforce.

Read about the concrete actions that businesses, government organizations and educational institutions can take to fill Canada's workforce gaps and ensure our country remains trade ready.

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International Trade Human Resources Sector Study: Pre-Assessment

With the support of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), we performed a pre-assessment of the current human resource challenges facing Canadian businesses engaged in international trade. The purpose of this pre-assessment was to determine if there was a need to undertake a comprehensive human resource study of international trade, as well as to: define the international sector; define the labour force engaged in international trade; identify the trends that are impacting international trade, and determine gaps in human resource-related knowledge and determine the scope of future research needs.

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Integrative Trade Competency Framework

A Task Force identified and developed a framework of integrativetrade competencies. The ten competencies within the framework describe a synthesis of knowledge, skills and abilities required to be successful in the evolving integrative trade business environment. These competencies are not tied to specific roles. Instead, they are broad attributes essential to many trade-relevant activities within organizations.

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Certified International Trade Professional (CITP®|FIBP®) Competency Profile

The Certified International Trade Competency Profile reflects the skills and knowledge individuals need to obtain the CITP®|FIBP® designation. This profile was developed by international business practitioners representing all regions of Canada. It incorporates the wide variety of specialized knowledge and skills CITP®|FIBP®s use in the many different roles and functions they assume within companies around the world.

For Business: Use the CITP®|FIBP® Competency Profile to save time and money when you’re developing career planning options and job descriptions. You can also use the Profile when you’re interviewing prospective employees, evaluating your workplace training programs, or conducting performance reviews.

For Individuals: Use the CITP®|FIBP® competencies to compare your level of international business skills and knowledge with that of top global trade professionals around the world. This enables you to ensure you have the range of competencies businesses want and need to compete internationally.

To purchase a copy of the CITP®|FIBP® Competency Profile, priced at $29.95, please send an email to info@fitt.ca.


Guide to Importing

This step-by-step guide to importing will walk you through the process of importing goods and raw materials, from creating a plan and selecting a foreign supplier, to forming logistics partnerships and drafting sound customs-documentation.

This publication was made possible by the cooperative efforts of I.E.Canada’s members and partners who dedicated their time and expertise to develop this introductory guide for importers. In particular, FITT wishes to recognize the contributions of: The Business Link Business Service Centre

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CGA-FITT-Nanos International Business Survey Results

Nanos Research was retained by CGA-Canada and Forum for International Trade Training to conduct an online consultation of businesses and trade professionals. Participants were asked to answer a series of questions regarding their businesses and their involvement in the international trade industry.

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