Canada/U.S. Trade Facts
The importance of Canada's relationship to Oregon is hard to overstate. In 2014, Canada was Oregon's second-largest bilateral trade partner with more than $5.8 billion in trade between them. Canada is one of the leading sources of exports from the Port of Portland, provides the largest number of foreign tourists to Oregon, and nearly 80 Canadian companies have direct investment in Oregon. Many companies important to the Oregon economy, such as ESCO, Columbia Sportswear, Schnitzer Steel, Omega-Morgan, Greenbrier, Freightliner, and Jeld-Wen have operations in or significant sales to Canada. On a national level, Canada and U.S. have the single largest bilateral trading relationship in the world. Most importantly, Canada is the largest (and most stable) foreign supplier of natural gas, electricity, uranium and crude oil to the United States.
Black Helterline's Canada/U.S. Cross Border Services
Black Helterline has significant experience in representing companies operating cross-border businesses in the United States and in Canada. For more information, click here.
Honorary Consul of Canada
Black Helterline is proud to host the Canadian Honorary Consulate in its offices. Jim Baumgartner, one of Black Helterline's partners, was appointed as the first Honorary Consul of Canada in Oregon in 2004. The role of the Honorary Consul is to represent and advance Canada's interests in Oregon, and serve as the source for anyone seeking information about Canada. For more information, click here.
One of the goals of the Honorary Consul in Oregon is to facilitate the interactions among the Canada-related community in the region. To achieve this, we developed Canadian Connection, a network that puts the Canadian community in touch with what is going on locally on a social, academic, political, cultural, or business level. We welcome anyone who is Canadian, who does business with Canada, who studies Canada or is interested in Canada for any reason to become part of the network.