Governor Snyder and the Canadian Government signed an historic agreement on June 15, 2012 authorizing the New International Trade Crossing (NITC). The next step in the process is to obtain the Presidential Permit from the U.S. State Department and we need your help!
If you support 10,000 new Michigan jobs and a more efficient border with Canada, our largest trading partner, we encourage you to contact the U.S. State Department and ask them to act on the timely issuance of the Presidential Permit. To learn more about the Presidential Permit process click here. If you would like to view the NITC application, click here.
Below are details for the submission of public comments.
Thank you for your support.
Summary: The U.S. State Department is accepting public comments regarding the NITC Presidential Permit.
Purpose of the Public Comments: Show support for the NITC and urge the State Department to promptly issue a Presidential Permit.
Talking Points: As you prepare your public comments, please personalize them and discuss how the NITC affects you and your business or organization. If you need help getting started, below is a list of talking points for you to use as a guide in crafting your personalized letter.
- A world-class international bridge to secure a transportation corridor with Michigan’s largest trading partner.
- Positioning Michigan as an international trade hub for the global market place.
- Providing 10,000 new construction jobs to Michigan workers.
- Support the more than 230,000 Michigan jobs that rely on trade with Canada.
- A $1.3 billion dollar investment that will not cost Michigan taxpayers a dime.
- Provide much need redundancy and security at the Detroit-Windsor border.
- Provide a direct highway-to-highway connection between the U.S. and Canada.
- In 2011, Michigan’s surface trade with Canada totaled $68.4 billion, higher than any other state.
Deadline to Submit: Monday, September 10th.
How to Submit: Email your comments to NITCComments@state.gov.