Visitors Tout Canada-Iowa Trade Ties

By Nevans-Pederson, Mary | Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque), March 7, 2013 | Go to article overview

Visitors Tout Canada-Iowa Trade Ties


Nevans-Pederson, Mary, Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque)


Iowa-Canada trade: - Iowa exports to Canada: $4.1 billion (Iowa's largest export market) - Iowa imports from Canada: $3.3 billion - 31 percent of Iowa's foreign-bound goods are sold to Canada - 103,600 Iowa jobs depend on trade with Canada - 3,700 Iowans are employed by Canadian-owned businesses Canadian Consulate General, MinneapolisCanada, eh?

The robust bilateral trade relationship between Iowa and Canada operates largely below most people's radar screens. Who knew Iowa sells more goods to Canada than to any other country in the world, or that Iowa imports

$3.3 billion in goods from Canada annually?

A contingent of Canadian trade leaders visited Dubuque on Wednesday to learn more about the area, looking at future trade opportunities on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border. The group was accompanied by Canada's honorary consul for Iowa, Mary Lawyer, based in Des Moines, and staff from Greater Dubuque Development Corp.

The trio included Jamshed Merchant, consul general of Canada, Michael Willmott, consul and trade commissioner, consulate general of Canada, both based in Minneapolis, and Jerome Nadeau, director of the Chicago office of Invest Quebec.

"Our relationship is critical. We are best friends, neighbors and allies and between Iowa and Canada, we have $7.5 billion in trade each year," Merchant said. "Our trade relationship is unique. We have similar values, language, sets of regulations, ways of doing business."

Cementing a firm partnership is key to future trade progress between Iowa and Canada, said Mark Seckman, vice president of national marketing with Greater Dubuque. …

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