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St. Lawrence Seaway steel shipment boost largely due to auto industry demand
Watertown Daily Times (7/21)
A large jump in steel product shipments through the St. Lawrence Seaway this season has been due to demand from the U.S. automobile industry, among other factors.

Soo Locks projects announced
Sault Ste. Marie Evening News (5/5)
In announcing expenditures of $17.8 million for the 2014 work plan, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, has earmarked $7.5 million for work associated with the Soo Locks in 2014.

Arrowhead Region sees relief from convoy of in-bound lakers, fighting for "normalcy"
Northland News Center (5/1)
The restlessness felt by those in the ports across the Great Lakes shipping system is at its peak on the heels of the Twin Ports' in Minn. first major in–bound delivery Wednesday.

Lake Huron remains a wet parking lot
The Times Herald (5/1)
Ice on Lake Huron has caused an unusual 14-freighter jam along the lake. Freighter watchers might be getting a treat, but the backup is a problem for industries that rely on freighters for commodities such as iron ore and coal.

Chinese market becomes an alternative to deal with invasive carp
FIS (4/23)
The Chinese market could be the solution the Great Lakes need to rid the waters in the United States from invasive carp species.

After splashy debut, the Cleveland-Europe Express may add another ship
Cleveland (4/22)
Representatives of the Port of Cleveland and a Dutch shipping giant have talking about adding a second vessel to the Cleveland-Europe Express after the first vessel strike up interest amongst shippers.

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Today, the United States and Canada maintain the largest bilateral trade relationship in the world, and trade between the province of Ontario and the Great Lakes states accounts for more than half of the total. Historically, this trade relationship dates back to the Native Americans, who first mined copper in the northern parts of the Great Lakes region and traded it as far east as New York. Later, French fur traders followed the water routes used by the Indians, traveling the lakes in their canoes with loads of pelts bound for the East Coast and Europe. The fur trade lasted until the early 1800s and was followed by logging, commercial fishing and agriculture and, more recently, by manufactured goods.

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Export and Import Permits Act
Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
A collection of permits and regulations required to do trade with and in Canada under the Export and Import Permits Act.

Foreign-Trade Zone Regulations
Foreign-Trade Zone Regulations Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
FTZ regulation overview, including the preamble.

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North American Free Trade Agreement
Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
In addition to the text of the NAFTA, information is available on committees and working groups, meetings and reports.

North American Free Trade Agreement
U.S. Embassy, Ottawa
Background, reports, trade dispute and general information on the agreement.

The NAFTA Homepage
Mexican Ministry of Commerce and Industrial Development
Promotes exports and foreign investment in Mexico, assists companies in doing business with Mexico, and provides day-to-day information on Mexico-U.S. trade relations.

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State exports to counties and regions
International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Export data broken down for the manufacturing and agricultural sectors.

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Trade Events
Canada Institute on North American Issues (CINAI)
CINAI has formed a partnership with The Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to co-sponsor lectures, seminars and other educational activities in Canada, several of which will feature Great Lakes and bilateral trade issues.

Canadian Trade Activities
Information Technology Association of Canada for Ontario

International Trade Events
Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development

Trade Show Assistance Programs
Access Indiana
TSAP will reimburse a portion of the costs incurred by businesses while exhibiting their products at overseas trade shows.

Trade Show Grant Program
Wisconsin Department of Commerce
Wisconsin Companies can be reimbursed for specific expenses for participating in an approved trade show or matchmaker trade delegation event.

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Trade Zones
Foreign Trade Zones, by state
International Trade Associations
In addition to Foreign Trade Zones, this database provides information on state subzones and ports of entry.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Agencies and Organizations, Trade
GLIN: Economic Development in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: International Trade in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Maritime in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Transportation in the Great Lakes Region

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