Western North American Market
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|Since the signing of the Free Trade Agreement in 1988, Alberta trade with the U.S. has more than doubled. Almost $4 billion was exported by truck to the U.S. in 1995, and almost $3 billion by rail.
Alberta is enhancing its North-South Trade Corridor, which stretches some 1,200 km (750 miles) from the British Columbia border, west of Grande Prairie and the start of the Alaska Highway, through Edmonton and Calgary to Coutts on the U.S. border.
The North-South Trade Corridor links the Alaska Highway to the north with the CANAMEX Trade Corridor at the Montana border. CANAMEX follows Interstate15 south through Idaho, Utah, Nevada, California, Arizona and Mexico.
A joint vehicle inspection station is located at the Alberta/Montana border and a new border crossing station is being developed to support the efficient movement of goods across the Canada/U.S. border.
Truck weights and dimensions will be harmonized under CANAMEX to facilitate the movement of 129,000 lb (58,514 kg) trucks. This will represent a cost savings of at least 30% over existing maximum payloads.
Trade access also exists along Interstate 25, or the Camino Real Corridor, which runs east of CANAMEX, to Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas to Mexico.
Western U.S. centres are becoming extremely important markets for Western Canadian manufacturers and industries.
Within the 1,800 km (1,119 mile) radius of the Alberta border, shippers can effectively reach as far north as Alaska, as far south as Mexico, as far west as Los Angeles, and as far east as the Mississippi. This represents a total market of more than 120 million people within this radius.
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