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What's New
Money-losing Cleveland-Europe Express will sail more often
The Plain Dealer (9/17)
Despite steeper than expected financial losses on its freighter to Europe, the Port of Cleveland will double down on the Cleveland-Europe Express.

St. Lawrence Seaway shipping outpaces 2013
Wisconsin Public Radio (9/17)
Ocean-going ships through the St. Lawrence Seaway have more than made up for the ice-locked start of this year’s shipping season, and in spite of rain delays are now ahead of last year’s overall pace.

A peek inside the St. Lawrence Seaway master control
North Country Public Radio (8/8)
Several hundred giant freighters slip through the St. Lawrence Seaway every year. They're guided by vessel traffic controllers from a squat building on top of the Eisenhower Lock in Massena, N.Y.

Formidable invasive species won't be easy to keep out of Great Lakes (Part 2 of 4)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (7/28)
Ballast water, used to steady less-than-full ships on the high seas, has been blamed for moving all manner of species around the globe -- including into the Great Lakes. Is there a better way to keep invasive species out of the lakes?

How invasive species changed the Great Lakes forever (Part 1 of 4)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (7/27)
June 1, 1988 was the day everything changed for the Great Lakes. It was the day researchers from the University of Windsor first discovered zebra mussels in the bottom of Lake St. Clair.

Seaway carrying 50 locomotives from Lake Erie through Massena bound for Africa
North Country Now (7/27)
The Eisenhower and Snell Locks at Massena, N.Y. are part of the plan for moving 50 General Electric railroad locomotives from a Lake Erie terminal through the Seaway to their destination of Mozambique in West Africa.

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Overview
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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Laws
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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NAFTA
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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Statistics
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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