Edmundston, NB – The New Brunswick Forest Products Association (NBFPA) expressed its support for the Federal Government’s free trade agreement negations with the European Union, at an event in Edmundston on Friday.
Mark Arsenault, president and CEO of the NBFPA joined Minister of Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and La Francophonie, Bernard Valcout, at Fraser Wood Siding in Edmundston, New Brunswick for an announcement about the ongoing negotiations of the Canada-EU Free Trade Agreement.
“Europe is a natural trading partner with the Maritimes. New Brunswick exported approximately $15.7 million worth of wood and wood products to the EU annually since 2009. There is still room for growth and new connections in this market,” said Mark Arsenault.
There are more than 500 million consumers in the European Market. Currently Europe is Canada’s second largest trading partner and is the world’s largest importer of goods.
“In order to ensure that workers, businesses and families that rely on the Forest Industry for their livelihood from preferred access to large, dynamic markets, we urge Minister Ed Fast and the Government of Canada to conclude the Canada-EU trade agreement,” added Arsenault. “We wish him well in finalizing the agreement.”
More than 20 000 New Brunswick Families rely on the Forest industry for their livelihood and is the largest exporter of goods in New Brunswick.
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