Niagara Foreign Trade Zone

Access the federal, provincial and regional programs that support Canada’s export development efforts.


Niagara’s designation as a Canadian Foreign Trade Zone Point offers businesses the opportunity to work with a dedicated team of public and private sector experts to access information, programs and incentives that have been specifically developed to help companies initiate and improve their international trade efforts. By working with the Niagara Foreign Trade Zone, companies and suppliers that are involved in the production of products for final export to other countries can find and apply for tax, duty and tariff exemptions that can significantly improve their bottom line.


Thanks to its proximity to the US border and robust road, rail, air and port infrastructure, Niagara is a vital link for trade between Canada and the United States.

The Niagara Foreign Trade Zone helps companies access the federal, provincial and regional programs that support Canada’s export development efforts. The Niagara Foreign Trade Zone’s “one-window” approach means that it’s never been easier or more efficient for businesses to navigate their way through the diverse range of supports that exist.

This support includes:

  • incentive programs
  • mentoring services from experienced exporters
  • global networking opportunities
  • educational assistance
  • and more…

The Niagara Foreign Trade Zone also provides streamlined access to other government agencies, including:

With a quick phone call or email, businesses located in the following 12 municipalities can find the direction they need to take the next step in initiating or improving their exporting efforts:

Incentive Programs

Available Niagara Foreign Trade Zone programs have been developed to save companies working capital and unnecessary transactions and include:

  • Duty relief program
  • Duty drawback on exported goods
  • Customs bonded warehouse

The three components of this program can each be used on their own or combined to develop a solution that meets the unique needs of your business.

Export Distribution Centre Program This program allows companies to purchase products in Canada without paying HST up front on transactions of $1000 or more if the products are going to be exported.
Exporters of Processing Services Program This program allows businesses to import goods tax-free if those goods are foreign-owned and going to be exported within four years. Unlike foreign trade incentives in other countries, these programs are not location specific, which offers companies more geographic flexibility.
Other Incentives Programs:
Incentive programs described above are subject to cancellation and/or modification at any time. Applicants should contact Niagara Economic Development and/or their local Niagara municipality to obtain the most up-to-date information on incentive programs.

Customs Duty

CBSA – Customs Tariff 2022 For importing goods into Canada, please consult the most recent Canadian Customs Tariff chapter by chapter in document format. The customs tariff can also help find HS codes for imports or exports.

Canada Tariff Finder This is a free tool that allows Canadian exporters to check the tariffs applicable to a specific good in a foreign market. The focus is on countries where Canada has a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in place. This is a collaborative initiative of BDC, EDC and The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Global Affairs Canada.

Global Affairs Canada Visit Global Affairs Canada for information about the tariffs that countries apply to exports from Canada and other countries.

Disclaimer: NFTZ assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information from external links. We recommend you check with your customs broker prior to shipment.


Download Niagara Foreign Trade Zone brochures and additional information.

Niagara Foreign Trade Zone Brochure – February 2019

This report includes in formation on the specific incentive programs available under the Niagara Foreign Trade Zone program.

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Ontario's 1st Foreign Trade Zone Point

$6.1 billion total exports

13.5% employment growth rate among Niagara exporters

$500million growth of value among Niagara exporters

435 transportation & logistics businesses

7,000+ employed in the sector

$5.4 billion manufacturing exports

$216million wholesale trade exports

$139 million agricultural exports

$12 million transportation/warehousing exports

$47 million construction exports

4 major highways

2 commercial vehicle border crossings

1 million truck crossings each year

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