Canadian Manufacturing

Safety and performance standards will underpin global supply chains

CSA Group attends overseas seminars focused on risk reduction

—Sponsored article by CSA Group

Manufacturers in Canada are growing ever more interested in global trade markets, especially as the lower Canadian dollar makes their products and services more attractive to overseas buyers.

Forging global supply chains isn’t without risk. Importers and exporters face a host of disparate regulations, tariffs, logistics issues and cultural differences. Yet emerging consumer markets in countries such as China are far too promising to ignore. With the right strategies, Canadian firms can better navigate overseas trade and expansion.

That goal drew CSA Group, a leading global provider of standards development, product testing and certification services to seminars in London and Munich in December 2015, focused on accessing the supply chain of the future.

“As the world market becomes more integrated, multinational corporations will face challenges in both conformity and supply chain management,” said RJ Falconi, co-host of the seminars and executive vice-president of government and corporate affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary with CSA Group.

Other hosts and participants included the High Commission of Canada, and the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, along with trade commissioners and investment officers and legal experts.

CSA Group promoted the value of independent third-party verification of product safety and performance, which will become a competitive advantage and help strengthen brand reputation for companies going abroad, and their suppliers.

Global trade marks

CSA helps businesses obtain product certification for the European market as well as marks required by individual European countries. Its expertise and knowledge of international standard requirements has allowed it to establish mutual recognition agreements with various national certification bodies around the world.

These countries include Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, China, Israel, India, Russia, Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, South Africa, CIS states (Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan etc.), Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Malaysia, Croatia, Uruguay, Chile, Columbia and more.

The organization also works to harmonize standards internationally to help lower trade barriers and create a benchmark for performance and safety around the world. It’s expanding its standards development activities to help clients globally and will continue to offer training and services to assist manufacturers in understanding the requirements for global markets.

CSA has established offices and laboratories throughout Europe in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, and offers a full range of product testing and certification services for global markets, including Europe and North America.

Though expanding abroad has inevitable challenges, product certifications and trade markets offer Canadian manufacturers vital protection and assurance, while improving the safety and performance of global supply chains.

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