Oregon agriculture exports to Mexico and Canada have risen immensely since NAFTA took effect.
The value of agricultural and livestock products exported to Mexico has increased 1,360 percent from 1999 to 2012, and ag exports to Canada increased 145 percent during that time, according to the department.
The value of exported products tells the story. Oregon sent ag products worth $5 million to Mexico the first year after NAFTA took full effect, and that had increased to $73 million by 2012. Exports to Canada jumped from $64 million annually to $157 million by 2012. Exports of processed food to the two trading partners also increased dramatically: from $2.4 million to $7.9 million to Mexico, and jumping from $61 million in 1999 to $179 million in 2012 in Canada’s case.
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