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What's New
Senator Peters to tour Soo Locks
WNMU - Marquette, MI (5/4)
U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) will tour the Soo Locks on Thursday afternoon.

Federal officials join fight to keep Coast Guard station year-round
Star Beacon (5/4)
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) sent a letter to the head of the U.S. Coast Guard requesting he "maintain 12-month operation" at two stations in Ohio, both of which may be seasonalized.

Foreign delegates to descend on Duluth port
Duluth News Tribune (5/2)
Nearly 20 delegates from foreign consulates will tour Duluth, Minn., on Thursday as local and state officials showcase the city as a vital — and international — port.

Port of Ogdensburg to get $2.6 million upgrade a year ahead of schedule
North Country Now (4/4)
A $2.6 million project aimed at expanding the Port of Ogdensburg, N.Y., and growing its agriculture import-export business will start a year ahead of schedule.

Winter is here: Last vessel of 2014 shipping season enters Duluth-Superior harbor
Minnesota Public Radio (1/20)
The last cargo vessel of the 2014 shipping season arrived in the Duluth harbor Tuesday morning.

Port of Montreal gets $132-million investment
The Canadian Press (1/20)
The Port of Montreal will receive a $132-million makeover in anticipation of an increase in exports due to the recently signed free-trade deal between Canada and the European Union.

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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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