Canada/U.S. Trade Facts
The importance of Canada's relationship to Oregon is hard to overestimate. Canada is Oregon's largest and most important trade partner, with Oregon's exports to Canada reaching $2.34 billion in 2005. Many companies important to the Oregon economy–such as ESCO, Columbia Sportswear, Greenbrier, Freightliner, Weyerhaeuser–have operations in Canada. On a national level, Canada and the U.S. have the single largest bilateral trading relationship in the world, estimated at $500 billion a year. Approximately 86 percent of Canadian exports arrive in the United States. 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.