On Trade and Colombia, a Manufacturer Speaks

By October 17, 2008Trade

From the Riverside Press-Enterprise (CA), reporting on the National District Export Council conference in Palm Springs:

For Paulson Manufacturing Group, a family-owned company in Temecula since 1947, a recent trip to Colombia turned into a $300,000 contract for the company’s electrical safety equipment.

The company’s president, Roy Paulson, said he began focusing on exporting four years ago to quell the ebb and flow in domestic business as a result of the U.S. economy.

“I could keep our business at a steadier pace,” he said.

Now international work accounts for 20 percent of the company’s business.

Paulson, an organizer of the exporting event and a proponent of free trade, said countries that import U.S. goods with tariffs involved need a compelling reason to import them.

In his case, the Colombian company couldn’t find Paulson’s technology anywhere else.

We see the National District Export Council’s website has posted the Department of Commerce’s Colombia trade widget. Days since U.S.-Colombia FTA was signed: 696. Estimated tariffs imposed on U.S. exports to Colombia since FTA signed: $1.3 billion and rising.

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