Show your support for the New International Trade Crossing

Thank you to all who have provided public comments for the Presidential Permit. We appreciate your support.

We have another opportunity for public comments as it relates to the New International Trade Crossing (NITC) and we again need your assistance in a very timely manner.

Since the NITC is an international crossing, we have applied for a Buy America Waiver in order to utilize both American and Canadian iron and steel on the project. For more information on Buy America Waivers, please click here.

This Buy America Waiver is now up for public comment and we have until September 17, 2012 to solicit support. Below are details for submission.

Summary: The U.S. Department of Transportation is accepting public comments regarding the New International Trade Crossing Buy America Waiver.

Purpose: To show support for the NITC and request the U.S. Department of Transportation to accept our Buy America Waiver request for the use of American and Canadian iron and steel on the project.

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 comments.

  • 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: Monday, September 17th, 2012

How to Submit: Click here to submit your comments.

Thank you for your continued support on this vital economic project.

Canada Trade Up In December; Michigan Tops Trading States

Gongwer News Service

Surface trade with Canada was up 11.2 percent in December from the same month in 2010, and Michigan saw the largest portion of that trade pass across its borders, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The report showed $44.2 billion in trade with Canada in December 2011 using trucks, rail and other surface routes. Of that, $5.59 billion passed through Michigan, a 19.7 percent increase from the year prior.

Illinois was second in trade with Canada at $4.76 billion, representing a 24.4 percent increase.

Michigan also made the top 10 in trade with Mexico during the month, with $3.65 billion, a 24.9 percent increase, of the $30 billion that moved across the nation’s southern border.

Total trade with Mexico was up 12.1 percent from the year prior, the report said.

Texas, with $10.28 billion, and California, with $4.46 billion, were the top Mexican trading states.