Great Lakes Manufacturing Council

U.S. – Canada Trade Is the Cornerstone for Exports

This expert panel focused on the growing opportunities for international trade both within current agreements like NAFTA, and within new trade deals being worked out, including the Comprenensive Economic and Trade agreement (CETA - Canada and the European Union), the Trans-Pacific Partnership  (TPP – U.S. and 11 Pacific rim nations), and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP, U.S. and the European Union).

Following on the heels of the overwhelmingly successful North American Free Trade Agreement, the upcoming pacts will create more opportunities for U.S.-Canadian trade, as well, and government agencies of both countries are ready to help exporters, both current and new, reach growing international markets.

There are abundant export opportunities for small manufacturers throughout the world.  The best way to get started is to reach out first to the Canadian market, then expand to Mexico.  After exporters cut their teeth on these two friendly markets, they will be ready to spread to other countries.  They will be surprised at how readily they can scale-up an international distribution network based on what they learn in Canada and Mexico.

55 The Council's US-CanadaTrade Panel Discussion features the following panelists listed as they appear left to right:
Eric Marquis, Quebec Government Representative, Quebec Government Office in Chicago
Douglas George, Consul General, Consulate General of Canada in Detroit
Daniel Ujczo, Of Counsel, Dickinson Wright PLLC, a law firm engaged in international trade
Elena Stegemann, Director of International Business, NuStep, a manufacturer of recumbent cross training equipment