Mexico, Canada, Minnesota officials agree trade is important

9 May 2018

ST. PAUL — Mexicans eat nearly $23 million worth of Minnesota turkey products a year, and Canadians consume about half that.

The two United States neighbors and Hong Kong are, by far, the major importers of Minnesota turkey.

At the same time, Canada sells $364 million of wood to Minnesota and Mexico collects $365 million from Minnesotans for electrical machinery.

The state has strong economic connections with Canada and Mexico, with a large variety of goods going back and forth across the borders.

Twin Cities-based consuls for the two countries told a Minnesota Chamber of Commerce audience Tuesday, April 10, that they are optimistic robust trade will continue as negotiations to revamp the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement appear to be nearing an end.

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