PNWER Applauds Agreement on Lifting Steel and Aluminum Tariffs and Associated Retaliatory Tariffs
We applaud the announcement today regarding the agreement reached to lift steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico and associated retaliatory tariffs. PNWER has focused on this issue as a top priority for the region for the past year. This important step helps clear a major hurdle in all three countries in finalizing the US-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA).

“I applaud the announcement today. When markets are open and goods are transported freely across borders, the result is economic growth, new businesses and more and better job opportunities for individuals,” said PNWER President Larry Doke, MLA, Saskatchewan.

Oregon Senator Arnie Roblan, Past President of PNWER said, “Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are stronger by working closely together, and our relationships are intact because of the ongoing partnerships in every major sector of our economy, and in state, provincial, territorial, local, and tribal governments, this announcement helps us to maintain these important relationships.

"This is great news, said Matt Morrison, PNWER's Executive Director, " PNWER has worked for the past 12 months to encourage the Administration to remove the Section 232 Tariffs, and Canada and Mexico to agree to the removal of their retaliatory tariffs, all of which have significantly impacted our farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers in both countries in our Pacific Northwest region."

The US and Canada’s trading relationship is incredibly important to the Pacific Northwest. The US and Canada have the largest trading relationship in the world, and here in the Pacific Northwest, we benefit from the two-way trade of over USD $541 billion (CAD $630 billion) annually, of which about USD $22.6 billion (CAD $29 billion) is in the Pacific Northwest.


The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) is a public/private organization created by statute in 1991. Member jurisdictions include the US states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington, and the Canadian provinces and territories of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and Yukon. PNWER's mission is to increase the economic well-being and quality of life for all citizens of the region; identify and promote "models of success”; and serve as a conduit to exchange information.

For more information on PNWER, visit .
PNWER sent six letters in 2018 to the White House and U.S. Department of Commerce on the importance of bi-national trade and opposition to unnecessary tariffs. PNWER issued a statement against tariffs on uncoated paper that was used by Congress in an ITC Hearing. Ultimately, the tariff was discontinued. PNWER worked to galvanize state legislative support against tariffs and in favor of a waiver for Canada on steel and aluminum tariffs. PNWER hosted sessions at the Summit in Spokane and at the Whitehorse Economic Leadership Forum on the impact of tariffs and is working on compiling specific case studies of industries being affected. These case studies will be collected and shared with congressional leaders to illustrate the negative impact of steel and aluminum tariffs to industries on both sides of the border.
The U.S. and Canada have the largest trading relationship in the world, and here in the Pacific Northwest, we benefit from the two-way trade of over $630 billion annually, of which $29 billion is in the Pacific Northwest.
Trade, Tariffs, USMCA on the Agenda at PNWER ANNUAL SUMMIT
The PNWER Annual Summit is one of the only events of its kind where people from across borders and numerous sectors come together over 4 days to share best practices and identify tangible solutions to our region's challenges. You will establish long-term relationships and will want to return year after year to contribute to the region's collaborative prosperity.

Join us this year in Saskatoon for the Ambassadors Panel Keynote and the Trade & Border Sessions!
Ambassador David Wilkins, former U.S. Ambassador to Canada
Ambassador Gary Doer, Former Canadian Ambassador to U.S.
Ambassador David Jacobson, former Canadian to the United States
Moderator Scotty Greenwood, Canadian American Business Council