The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce (MCC) will continue its efforts to strengthen and reconfirm its commitment to trade with our largest partners. MCC president and CEO Chuck Davidson will meet with representatives from the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce tomorrow (Wednesday) to discuss the value of our trade relationship, and the need for open trade borders despite the stalled negotiations towards a renewed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and tariffs that have been imposed by both the U.S. and Canadian governments.
As we did earlier this month with North Dakota
chamber partners, we feel these are important discussions that show the chamber network is united in our support of open trade. We have been consistent in our message that the current trade dispute is not good for business.
Manitoba, exports to Minnesota totaled more than $1.33 billion in 2017, while our province imported close to $1.5 billion over the same period. In total, the province does about $10 billion worth of export trades to the U.S. on an annual basis, and imports about $17 billion worth of goods.
Our hope is the more advocates for business we have on side, the louder the message will be to our leaders that we must work to remove barriers, not add more. To learn more about the importance of trade with Minnesota, please click here.