Gov. Pete Ricketts has announced he will lead a trade mission to Canada in August.
“Why go to Canada? They’re our best customer and you always want to make sure you are taking care of your best customers,” Ricketts tells reporters during a Capitol news conference. “That’s what we want to do, reemphasize that we value the relationship with Canada, that Canada is our number one trading partner, and that we want to continue to see that relationship flourish and so we want to know what we can do to be able to make sure we’re taking care of our best customer.”
State officials and Nebraska business executives will travel to Toronto and Ottawa August 7th through the 11th.
Nebraska exports $1.6 billion in goods and services to Canada annually, a huge chunk of the state’s $8.5 billion yearly exports. Of that total, $468 million is agricultural products, making Canada the fourth largest agriculture export market for Nebraska.
State Agriculture Director Greg Ibach says Canada presents a great market for red meat.
“We hope to be able to serve them some Nebraska processed beef and pork, especially,” Ibach says.
Trade goes well beyond just Nebraska farms and ranches.
State Economic Development Director Courtney Dentlinger says Canada offers unique opportunities for Nebraska businesses.
“For many Nebraska companies taking their first steps in the global marketplace, Canada is their first stop,” according to Dentlinger. “The ease of doing business in Canada is important for our companies who are trying to take advantage of those 96% of people who live outside our borders.”