The need for the New International Trade Crossing (NITC) between Detroit and Windsor has never been greater. The economy is on the road to recovery and trade with Canada is on the rise and reaching record levels. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. surface trade with Canada increased more than $65 billion from 2010 and totaled more than $537 billion in 2011.
In 2011, Michigan’s surface trade with Canada totaled $68.4 billion, higher than any other state. Not only does Michigan depend on the Detroit-Windsor corridor for exporting good to the global market place, but more than 237,000 jobs in Michigan depend on Canada-U.S. trade. With Michigan jobs on the line, the NITC would create new jobs while securing current jobs that depend on trade.
As the highest-ranking state in surface trade with Canada, Michigan is in a unique position to leverage its location and infrastructure assets to become an international trade hub and building the NITC would ensure that these valuable exports are transported at the highest level of efficiency.
The time for a new bridge is now. Jobs in Michigan depend on trade with Canada, and as our economy continues to recover, jeopardizing money and potential job creation doesn’t make sense. The NITC would serve as the foundation for states economic recovery and position Michigan as a leader in the global market place.
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