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|Contact: Matt Borud (Commerce)
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|Governor Otter Concludes Successful Trade Mission to Canada|
|BOISE, Idaho—Thursday, October 18, 2018—Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter reported positive initial feedback today from the 11 Idaho companies and organizations that joined him on a trade mission to Toronto, Canada from October 1 – 4, 2018. The Idaho mission, which coincided with the announcement of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), was an important opportunity to work with Idaho’s top trading partner.
“Idaho and Canada have a strong trade relationship and it is essential to maintain our friendship and business ties with our neighbors in the north,” said Governor Otter. “The Idaho companies on this trade mission met with numerous new and existing customers several of which, in time, will turn in into strong business partnerships.”
The mission was coordinated by the Idaho Department of Commerce and the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA). Participating organizations represented a range of Idaho industry sectors including aerospace, renewable & nuclear energy, robotics, animal supplements, agriculture, safety & security, and forestry equipment.
“It was an exciting time for the state to be in Canada at the heels of the USMCA announcement,” said Idaho Commerce Director Bobbi-Jo Meuleman. “This mission reestablished our strong partnership with Canada and allowed our Idaho companies the opportunity to further strengthen these ties and make new connections. I look forward to the successes this mission will result in for our Idaho businesses.”
In 2017, Canada represented over 20 percent of total exports from Idaho. Canada remains a promising market with the a population spending 60 percent of its disposable income on U.S. goods and services. The timing of the newly negotiated USMCA was a welcome advantage to the Idaho delegation traveling to Toronto, Canada and engaging with potential and current customers.
“I was impressed by the many opportunities that exist for Idaho to expand our business with Canada even further,” said Celia Gould, ISDA Director. “As always, it is a privilege to promote Idaho agriculture on an international level, and we look forward to continued trade with our partners in Canada.”
Company participants had positive insights from the trip:
Tony Pascoe, Sr. Sales and Business Development Representative, Premier Technology
Sean Luangrath, CEO, Inergy
Candi Fitch, Executive Director, Idaho-E. Oregon Onion Committee
Amy Lientz, Director of Partnerships, INL
Brian Havey, Sales Director, Versabuilt
Venere Koski, Owner, Wild Gold Supplements
To learn more about the Idaho Department of Commerce and programs to assist Idaho businesses, visit http://commerce.idaho.gov.
For more information about Idaho agriculture and agricultural exports, visit https://agri.idaho.gov.