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Trade Mission to Canada Announced

Gov. John Lynch announced today that he will lead a trade mission to Canada, giving state economic development officials and New Hampshire businesses the chance to expand business opportunities with the nation’s largest trade partner. 

canada-flag-wavingThe trade mission to Montreal, Quebec, on April 7 and 8, will focus on creating new opportunities by matching New Hampshire businesses with businesses in Quebec, promoting New Hampshire’s business friendly environment and the state’s exceptional tourism offerings.  

“International trade is an increasingly important part of New Hampshire’s economy and I want to ensure we are giving our businesses all the opportunities possible to grow and create jobs,” Gov. Lynch said. “This trade mission will be a great opportunity for New Hampshire businesses to connect with government and business leaders in Canada in an effort to expand their market share.” 

Gov. Lynch will also meet with Quebec Premier Jean Charest, and state officials and business will have the opportunity to meet with provincial officials, connect with business and industry groups and meet with individual businesses.  

Canada is currently New Hampshire’s second-largest trading partner, with cross-border sales increasing 20 percent from 2009 to 2010. Canada is the world’s eleventh-largest economy and the largest trading partner with the United States.  

In 2010, New Hampshire export sales increased more than 40 percent over the prior year, putting New Hampshire first in the nation in terms of export growth.  

Businesses interested in participating in the trade mission should contact International Trade Resource Center Director Dawn Wivell at 271-8444 or dawn.wivell@dred.state.nh.us.

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