US/Canada Trade Relations

With a new administration in Washington it is important for Canadian lobster exporters to work with industry groups and governments to affirm the vital trade relationship between Canada and the United States. 

The LCC is working with the federal government and it’s members to ensure that Canadian exporters continue to remind their customers about the strength, importance and history of this relationship to ensure that it remains strong and tariff free. 

The following are some messages that have been communicated to the lobster sector to help with this communication.

Canada-U.S. Agriculture Relationship

  • Canada and the U.S. have a strong agriculture trading relationship (US$47B in bilateral trade in 2015).
  • Canada and the U.S. are each other’s number one trading partner for agricultural products. Our agriculture markets are highly integrated.
  • Our agriculture trade is balanced overall. The U.S. actually enjoyed an agriculture trade surplus of over $2.4 billion in 2015.
  • Canada is the top agriculture export market for 29 U.S. states.
  • Canada will continue to discuss and build partnerships on cross-border trade with the new Administration, Congress, and other key U.S. legislators, decision makers and influencers.
  • Farm groups in the U.S. recognize the importance of trade, and have reached out to the new Administration in support of strengthening and expanding agriculture trading relationships. (See attached letters on trade and NAFTA).

Responsive Points on Government of Canada’s position on NAFTA

  • President Trump has made it clear that the U.S. is seeking a renegotiation of NAFTA.
  • Canada is open to discussing improvements to NAFTA, but has not agreed to the scope or objectives of any discussions.  It is very early in the new Administration.
  • As Prime Minister Trudeau said, “it’s important that we be open to talking about trade deals, NAFTA or any other trade deal. […] to look at how we can improve benefits for workers and citizens, and for economic growth.”

The LCC will continue to provide updates on Canada’s position on NAFTA.