How to Join the FDFA

If you are currently selling your products within the Canadian Land Border Duty Free channel, and are interested in becoming an official supplier member of the FDFA, you can contact the FDFA head office at 613-688-9788 for information, or complete the Supplier Membership Application form (below). The FDFA will then verify your application information and approval is pending based on FDFA Board of Directors review and consensus.

Apply online using the Supplier Member Application.

Download/print a Supplier Member Application Form (pdf)

Duty Free Trade Supplier Members:

The FDFA Supplier Members represent an integral part of the FDFA membership. Each supplier member of the Association are currently selling their product(s) within the Canadian duty free industry (via our land border duty free stores).

The Supplier membership as a whole is represented by the Supplier Advisory Committee. This FDFA recognized committee is comprised of one supplier member representing the main categories sold within the Canadian duty free industry; liquor/wine, confectionery, fragrance/cosmetics, beer, etc. The FDFA Board of Directors and the Supplier Committee work hand in hand on a variety of industry related issues and various committees to ensure excellence in customer service, and streamlined communications.

FDFA Supplier Member Benefits

Building a Foundation of Excellence in the Canadian Duty Free Industry

Today’s business and political environment is challenging, so the Frontier Duty Free Association is committed to representing our membership by maintaining high profile relationships and dialogue with government officials, developing national marketing programs, fostering relationships with strategic industry stakeholder partners, hosting the annual duty free convention and other social events that celebrate our unique industry, providing timely news and key industry statistics that is relevant, and continuously providing programs and services to increase our members professional expertise.The FDFA membership is the forefront of all FDFA decisions and goals. Our trade association represents 125 duty free owners/operators, supplier members and associate membership. At the FDFA, our goal is to connect and communicate our various member groups so that a true synergy continuously exists among our industry leaders.

Government Voice - The FDFA is located in Ottawa, ON, to closely monitor Federal Government activities that can impact the duty free industry. Through our government relations activities, the FDFA voices industry concerns and communicates our message through all levels of government. Due to our store’s close proximity to the border, our government relations activities can range from border related issues, tourism and small business.

Connecting our Suppliers – With almost 100 supplier companies that represent this important FDFA member segment, the FDFA works hard to ensure the supplier’s business needs and important connections within our industry are continuously met. Since our supplier members represent a variety of products sold every day at duty free stores, this member segment can rely on the FDFA to assist in their business development needs. We are proud to service our suppliers to facilitate information, provide statistics and create business relationship opportunities. As we evolve as an industry association, it is a priority to understand our supplier issues and develop sound solutions that meets all of our member’s objectives.

Membership Access Counts – Through our members only access via the FDFA website, our members have a central online portal to access at any time key Canadian duty free specific information ranging from our duty free membership contacts, key archived sales and traffic statistics, professional development speeches and resources, award winning duty free marketing and student scholarship archived submissions, full annual convention resource platform, and so much more.

Our Convention and the Opportunities – The FDFA hosts the only Canadian duty free convention. The annual convention is the place to be among duty free members. We host a four day convention annually that promotes and fosters our supplier and operator’s business relationships. The show is the forum to create new business and see old friends. While considered a small industry trade show compared to other global duty free shows, it is an intimate convention that is always fun filled and business oriented. Our member sponsors are recognized for their dedication to the industry and showcased throughout the event with many more supplier opportunities in a given year.