North America: At the Center of Free Trade
The U.S. claims less than 60 percent of North America’s population, so venturing beyond the border can expand your business exponentially. America’s biggest trading partners live next door: Canada and Mexico rank first and second, respectively, in markets for U.S. exports and in total international trade.
Similar to the U.S. in language, living standards and business culture, Canada is a natural for international expansion. And Mexico's large population — 110 million, including the world's third-largest metro area in Mexico City — offers an abundance of new customers and suppliers. Whether you’re importing or exporting, look close to home for your first taste of international expansion.
Canada: A Long-Standing and Gainful Relationship
As the leading export market for 35 of the 50 U.S. states, Canada is our largest trading partner. So there's plenty of opportunity to go 'round with our friendly neighbor to the north.
Mexico: A Natural Choice for First-Time Exporters
Breaking into the export business can seem intimidating, but our southern neighbor offers a great opportunity to test the waters. The shared aspects of U.S. and Mexican culture, and the variety of industry sectors in need of business partners, mean it's easier to make it in Mexico.
North American Trade Solutions: the ins and outs of NAFTA
If you conduct international trade with Mexico and Canada, the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) can help you save money on your cross-border shipments and make it easier to access these markets.
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