Vernon chamber boosts export presence

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce enters export partnership with Trade Technologies.

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is delving into the export game with its new partnership with Trade Technologies.

The Texas-based firm specializes in international trade document solutions and is working with the Vernon chamber to produce digital certificates of origin and other electronic chamber certifications. Formerly completed using paper documents, the electronic versions will allow the chamber a more convenient and less expensive export process by eliminating courier fees and reducing the cost of each certification.

This electronic process allows immediate delivery to exporters, guaranteeing a faster turnaround time, reduced costs and increased efficiencies.

“Export diversification is strategically critical to maintain Canada’s prosperity,” said George Duffy, chamber manager.

“The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce has always been a high-volume certificate of origin producer for local businesses. Now with the Trade Technologies’ digital platform, we can offer a faster service at a lower cost, to a broader cross section of Canadian exporters, not just local companies.

“We are also opening a portal to a full range of digital documentation services that will help make Canadian business more competitive. As trade to Asia picks up, this is more and more important for Canadian exporters because our competitors (Australia, U.S.) are way ahead of us in adopting the technology.”

“All these documents were paper. Now, Trade Technologies offers a digital documentation process that is cheaper, faster, more accurate.”