Trade Mission to Canada to Feature Virtual, Traditional Components
The International Trade Administration is organizing a two-prong virtual and traditional trade mission to Canada that will include the Aboriginal Entrepreneurs Conference and Trade Show 2014 in the northern Canadian region. This mission is open to U.S. companies and trade associations from a cross-section of industries with the potential to provided needed and appropriate services in the more remote regions of Canada, including energy (both new and renewable), environmental technologies and services, remote healthcare related technology and services, distance education and infrastructure (including architecture/engineering, master planning, and construction management).
In January ground was broken on the construction of a highway that will provide the first year-round land link between the Arctic Ocean coast and the rest of Canada. The ITA states that this road is the beginning of expanding economic activity that is set to take place across Canada’s north and that billions of dollars’ worth of projects are already in the pre-planning, planning and implementation phases, covering business sectors such as mining (iron ore, uranium, heavy rare earth elements, diamonds, etc.), infrastructure (roads, ports, airports, buildings), water and sewer, and energy.
The virtual trade mission is designed for a minimum of three and a maximum of five participants, while the traditional mission is designed for a minimum of seven and a maximum of ten. Each applicant must submit no later than Aug. 15 a completed and signed mission application and supplemental application materials, including adequate information on its products and/or services, primary market objectives and goals for participation. Each applicant must also certify that the products and services it seeks to export through the mission are either produced in the U.S. or, if not, marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and have at least 51 % U.S. content of the value of the finished product or service.