I.E.Canada, Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters Inc.

February 19, 2007 12:15 ET

I.E.Canada Delegation Visit to Washington a Huge Success!

Attention: Business/Financial Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 19, 2007) - Mary Anderson, president of I.E.Canada, Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters, led a delegation of board members of the association to Washington, DC on February 13 and 14, 2007.

A key feature of the program was a combined meeting with the Land Borders Committee of the American Association of Exporters and Importers to explore common areas of concern related to our shared border.

Board members met with members of the House and the Senate to share:

1. Importance of Canada-U.S. trade - Canada and the U.S. are each other's closest and most reliable trading partners. Canada is the largest trading partner of 38 out of 50 U.S. states.

2. Shared perspectives, shared values - Canadians are as concerned as Americans about our mutual security and economic prosperity.

3. Border security collaboration - We are committed to collaborating with U.S. and Canadian border authorities in developing and implementing programs that facilitate legitimate trade, while allowing resources to be redeployed to focus on unknown and high risk trade.

4. Coordinated infrastructure planning - We advocate Canada-U.S. cooperation and investment to ensure that our border infrastructure meets the needs of both countries.

5. Integrated supply chain - A secure, integrated and efficient North American supply chain is in our mutual best interest.

"In making this trip to Washington we wanted to build long-term relationships with our U.S. partners, share information and areas of concern so that we can determine how we can best work together to achieve our shared goals of security and economic prosperity," said Anderson.

I.E.Canada

I.E.Canada has been a leading voice for the trade community since 1932, and serves small, medium, and large enterprises across Canada. Its membership comprises importers and exporters, as well as a range of service providers to Canada's trade community. We have a growing membership that today exceeds 800. IN: ECONOMY, POLITICS, TRADE

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