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Market Information and Trade Data

COPA provides its members with marketplace data and industry intelligence to help them in their business.

  • The COPA Trade Data Reports are based on Statistics Canada, Canadian Border Services and Industry Canada and provide import quantities/costs by product categories (HS Codes).
  • Other Specialty Reports are distributed from time to time, such as a Labour and Wage Report, which examines several important developments in the Canadian labour market, and Financial Analysis reports comparing retail, wholesale and manufacturing industries.
  • COPA also produces an Industry Salary-Compensation Report based on surveys conducted every two years.

Trade Data Reports by Product Categories

Today’s marketplace is more complex than ever, thanks to Amazon, eBay and Alibaba/AliExpress. However, the one thing in common with most products is that they must come across the Canadian border, and that’s where we start.

COPA Trade Data Reports are based on data from Statistics Canada, Canadian Border Services and Industry Canada. Quantities stated are the total of all items coming across the border. In some cases, this could be the Canadian market. Values are Canadian dollars converted at the Bank of Canada’s month-end rate. FOB value is the value of the goods loaded on for transport/ ships in the foreign harbour.

Dollar sales are essential, but quantities often tell a complete story. Dollar sales are impacted by changes in tariffs, foreign exchange or a shift to premium brands or a new low-cost supplier. Quantities can be a more consistent reflection of the market.

More information on Trade Data

Watch this 15-minute video to learn more about trade data and how you can use it:

Download this PDF presentation to learn more about COPA’s member data program and how it can help you:

Specialty Reports

In addition to trade data reports, other Reports are distributed from time to time, such as the annual Employment & Wages Report. Salaries are essential in attracting and retaining good employees. However, employment is also an important part in planning sales and marketing in the Office Products industry.

The Foreign Exchange – COVID19 report outlines the key driver of the Canadian dollar (CAD) and discusses when you should increase prices.

Another recent specialty report called Unintended Consequences deals with year-end financial statements. It provides comparative results for businesses in the retail, wholesale and manufacturing industries. The report points out similarities and variances between businesses and cautions companies entering new industries and sales channels without first considering the overall impact on their financial results. Whether you are a global player or work out of your garage, financial statements determine investments, financing and eventual sale of a business.

The Competing with Amazon – There Are No Secrets Report shows you how to acquire valuable pricing/costing data from Amazon to compete with this online juggernaut.

Want to See More?

If there are any other market or trade data reports you would like to see, please let us know.

These reports are produced by our analytics consultant Bob Smith who can be reached at


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