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  • PNWER Statement on Proposed Tariffs
  • Review of Vancouver Board of Trade event
  • NAFTA Update
  • Annual Report
PNWER Statement on Steel and Aluminum Tariffs
March 7, 2018


The highly integrated North American steel and aluminum industry supports critical manufacturing supply chains in both the US and Canada. Because of our interdependent economic ties, the proposed 25% steel and 10% aluminum tariffs will have unintended consequences which will seriously impact jobs and local economies in the US and Canada.
If tariffs are imposed they most likely will lead to higher prices for consumers in the US and in Canada which will limit economic growth. Canada buys more American steel than any other country and accounts for 50% of U.S. exports. The U.S. has a $2-billion surplus in steel trade with Canada, and US exports of aluminum to Canada support more than 160,000 US jobs.
Should any tariffs be considered on steel and aluminum, Canada deserves an exemption due to our shared economics ties, supply chain integration and mutual defense partnership.
Senator Arnie Roblan, (Oregon) PNWER President: “ PNWER stands for the strong economic connection between our two countries We have the longest open border in the world, and our trade policy should reflect that. The integrated supply chains that allow us to build world class airplanes depend upon stable, reliable, and open trade relationships with Canada that would be disrupted by any tariffs between us.”
"Canada and the U.S. share a long history of economic and security cooperation that has created one of the world's most enduring and prosperous international partnerships. Exempting Canada from the proposed steel and aluminum tariffs is the right choice for both our countries. It would mean these highly integrated industries can continue providing the prosperity and security that support so many businesses and hundreds of thousands of jobs on both sides of the border,” said Graham Sucha, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, and PNWER Vice President.
PNWER supports the modernization of NAFTA to enhance the existing economic relationships within PNWER jurisdictions in a mutually beneficial manner.

PNWER Advocates for Modernized NAFTA
NAFTA a priority at Vancouver Board of Trade Event
PNWER CEO Matt Morrison spoke at the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade on Feb. 22nd on the importance of NAFTA to the US-Canada trade relationship.

PNWER has been working with legislators and private sector on NAFTA Modernization since 2016.

Look up statistics on US-Canada Trade through the Canadian International Merchandise Trade Database.
Updates on NAFTA Talks
The NAFTA Negotiations have moved into the seventh round of talks in Mexico City last week with some uncertainty regarding the path forward.
PNWER Resolution on Modernized North American Free Trade Agreement
In November 2017, the PNWER Delegate Council passed a significant resolution on NAFTA urging the Canada and U.S. governments to modernize NAFTA in a way that strengthens and mutually benefits both economies. 

Trade in Focus at PNWER Annual Summit
PNWER Summit to address trade and NAFTA modernization with key leaders
This year's summit will be in Spokane, WA from July 22-26 .

Join us as we explore the challenges and solutions that the PNW region faces.

Hear from 125 industry leaders across 20+ sessions , covering a spectrum of fields includin g agricultu re, transportation, tourism, (health) innovation, and energy.

Discuss and network with regional business leaders, government officials, academic and non-profit stakeholders.
The Summit schedule is now online. Click here.
Annual Report 2017
Download the PDF File here .

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See our Highlights of 2017  here .

The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) was created in 1991 by the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington, and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon and Northwest Territories. 

It is a statutory public/private non-profit dedicated to increasing the economic well-being and quality of life for all citizens of the region, while maintaining and enhancing our natural environment.

Our overarching goals are to:
  • Coordinate provincial and state policies throughout the region
  • Identify and promote "models of success"
  • Serve as a conduit to exchange information.
  • Promote greater regional collaboration
  • Enhance the competitiveness of the region in both domestic and international markets
  • Leverage regional influence in Ottawa and Washington D.C.
  • Achieve continued economic growth while maintaining the region's natural environment
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