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Trade deal can benefit small business

With the U.S. Senate passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) last week, Washington small businesses are one step closer to benefiting from the trade agreement.

Considering Canada and Mexico are the U.S.’s largest trading partners combined with our state’s shared border with Canada, the impact of the USMCA is substantial to small firms in Washington state.

Consider this: 90% of companies that export goods from Washington and 85% of companies that export goods from Idaho are small firms. In 2018, $11.5 billion in exports from Washington state and $1.2 billion in exports from Idaho went to Canada and Mexico alone. From transportation equipment, electronic products and machinery to our coveted agricultural and food products, Washington and Idaho small businesses are selling what our trade partners in Canada and Mexico want to buy.

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The Washington SBDC offers export assistance for small business. See for more information and to contact an International Trade Business Advisor.

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The Washington Small Business Development Center, hosted by Washington State University, is an accredited member of America's SBDC. Funded in part throurgh a coppperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, institutions of higher education, economic development organizations and other public and private funding partners.