BCBC Look into the future, Message from the President

2012 has been a very active year for the Belgian Canadian Business Chamber and it is with great satisfaction that I’d like to update you on some of our accomplishments:

  • In the last 2 years we have established a very close relationship with the Belgian Diplomatic and Trade Commissions offices in Canada. Their support has been vital to the renaissance of our organization.
  • During the past year we have organized several business events such as the“Belgians in Business” seminar series. In these after- work seminars, members of the BCBC Continue reading

Canadian international merchandise trade, November 2012, with a focus on trade with Belgium

This guest post by Christian Sivière, President at Solutions Import Export Logistique, comes from a recent article he published on Canada’s international trade, zooming in on trade with Belgium.  Reprinted with permission of the author.

Data just released by Statistics Canada reveals Canada’s merchandise imports rose 2.7% in November, while exports decreased 0.9%. As a result, Canada’s trade deficit with the world widened substantially from $552 million in October to $2 billion in November.

Imports rose to $39.5 billion, as volumes increased 2.2%. Electronic and electrical equipment and parts led the gain in overall imports, followed closely by motor vehicles and parts as well as metal and non-metallic mineral products. Exports declined to $37.5 billion, as prices were down 1.3%. Exports of farm, fishing and intermediate food products as well as metal and non-metallic mineral products contributed the most to the overall decline. Continue reading