Commerce International Québec Montérégie-Ouest (CIQMO) was created to provide first line export services to the companies of its region who wish to extend their activities on the foreign market.
With its exporters and future exporters services, the CIQMO is focused on clear objectives: to generate, support and promote international trade by means of targeted activities, and also to support, train and advise the companies in what steps to take in their export efforts.
The CIQMO acts as the entry point for companies of its regions wishing to do business on international markets. Specifically, CIQMO works to:
There are seventeen ORPEX (regional export promotion agency) in Quebec. These non-profitable organizations were created to fulfill a demand from enterprises that wanted structured assistance in their commercial breakthroughs on international markets. All companies in Quebec can benefit from this export expertise since there currently is one Club Export in each region.
As such, in 1999, the Suroît Club Export opened, mainly due to financial assistance from the Economic Development Canada, and the three regional CLDs Beauharnois-Salaberry, Haut-Saint-Laurent and Vaudreuil-Soulanges. This new organization had set as its primary objective to assist the entrepreneurs from all three regions with their attempt to export to external markets, primarily the American market.
The year 2005 has been one of transition for the Suroît Club Export. In the context of the export policy renewal, both the DEC and MDEIE Montérégie have decided to join forces, while adjusting to the new territories within the Montérégie region.
The CRÉ then designated the Suroît Club Export as the organization responsible for offering front line service regarding exports for the Montérégie-Ouest region. After receiving such designation, the Club proceeded to reorganize its territory to include three new financial partners, the Ministère du Dévelopment économique, the Ministère de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation du Québec (MDEIE) and the CLD des Jardins-de-Napierville et Roussillon.
In addition to expanding its territory through the reorganization of its export organizations in the Montérégie region, now covering most of the Montérégie-Ouest region, the Club renamed itself to better reflect its new identity: Service d’exploitation Montérégie-Ouest (SEMO).
Its clientele now doubled, the SEMO operates from two strategic locations: The Suroît head office is located in Salaberry-de-Valleyfied, whereas the Jardins-de-Napierville et Roussillon offices are located in Saint-Constant.
The SEMO then changed its name to become the Service d’exportation de la Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent (SEVHSL) and, in 2014, when the network aggregating the ORPEX changed names, the SEVHSL became Commerce International Quebec Montérégie-Ouest (CIQMO).
Today still, the CIQMO aims for the same objective it had given itself at its inception: to offer front-line services to enterprises with their export activities, with true expertise and a solid network of contacts, an additional asset to its already strong service offer.