Canadian-based manufacturers export over $1.2 billion in indoor environment products annually, with the U.S. market accounting for about 85% of these exports. The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) and its manufacturer division members support a world trade concept with no unnecessary barriers and with equitable access to markets.
The key international trade objectives of the division are to expand export opportunities, provide members with information on foreign markets so they can compete effectively in the world marketplace, and ensure that foreign markets are open to members' products. The HRAI Manufacturers Board of Directors have endorsed the following International Strategy, see PDF.
International Trade and Relations
International trade and international relations are becoming increasingly important to members and the association. Under the guidance of the division's International Task Team, the association assists members in enhancing their export opportunities in the global market.
Working with Industry Canada and allied associations in the U.S., Europe and Asia, the division develops relationships to enhance international trade opportunities and provides industry information to the world through publications such as the "HRAI Manufacturers Division Comprehensive Directory of Manufacturers of HVACR Products".
The division is also a member of the International Council of Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Manufacturers' Associations (ICARHMA). The council is made up of elected leaders of the division and its counterpart associations in Japan, the U.S., China, Europe, Brazil and Korea, and meets annually to discuss and act on common issues. This forum provides a means to improve international cooperation in the industry.