Canadian Trade Officials Meet With Arkansas Business Owners

A room full of business owners and managers ranging from family-owned ventures like Clinger Holsters of Van Buren to Bio-Tech Pharmacal of Fayetteville to J.B. Hunt Transportation spent the afternoon hearing from two Canadian trade officials Wednesday at the Arkansas World Trade Center in Rogers.

The central message of more than two hours of talks between Canadian foreign policy consul Vasken Khabayan, trade commission consul Delon Chan, and the local businesses centered around the benefits and opportunities of doing business with Canada. The two Canadian trade officials are based in Dallas and said also held other meetings during their Arkansas visit, with one of those was with Wal-Mart.

Last year total goods and services traded between the U.S. and Canada totaled nearly $635.1 billion. On average, Canada and the U.S. trade an average of $1.2 million every minute per day in bilateral goods and services, said Khabayan. He said 70% of Canadian imports come from the U.S.    MORE

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