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Global Challenges and Opportunities: Atlantic Export Performance Under Free Trade

February 1, 2000

Note: Paper copy only

Vol. 34, No. 4, Winter 2000

This article addresses the question of what can be said about the international trade experience of Canada and Atlantic Canada a decade into the Free Trade Agreement (FTA). International trade, especially with the United States, has increased rapidly since the FTA and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) came into effect. The Atlantic provinces have become more trade-oriented and increased the share of their exports going to the United States.  Further details are provided in the article on related topics including commodity composition and key markets. However, Atlantic Canada’s overall export growth was much smaller than growth for the rest of Canada. Reasons why Atlantic Canada did not benefit as much from the FTA include: it sold a smaller share of its exports to the United States, it had a larger share of exports in sectors that were already tariff-free, and others.

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