Savannah businesses told to keep up Canadian trade
May 16, 2013 by Sarah
A large group of over a dozen influential leaders and business owners have been told to continue developing exports to Canada, at a World Trade Center workshop.
The workshop, which took place at WTC’s Hutchinson Island office in April, carried the strapline ‘Canada: Strategic partner, on-going trade opportunities’, as it was revealed that our northern neighbors are our top international trade partner.
Discussing how the relationship injects $9.6bn into the economy on an annual basis, Stephen Brereton, the Canadian consul general, said:
“Canadians are your best customers.”
The Georgia Department of Economic Development figures also revealed that over 325,000 jobs were reliant on the trade, with over 18% of Georgia’s exports headed North. It is an increasing volume of movements too, as the export rates to Canada from the state have risen by almost 8.5% since the turn of the century.
Brereton went on to say that efforts would continue to build on the trade at a political level and congratulated the determination of businesses to make it stronger.
U.S. Department of Commerce (USDC) representative Todd Gerken, who is director of the department’s U.S. Commercial Service, said:
“It is obvious the demand between eastern Canada and the southeastern United States is growing and growing.”
He went on to say that he foresaw further opportunities in the future.