AUGUSTA (AP) – Organizers of a Maine trade mission to Canada say the weeklong effort was a success, as industries from lobster dealers to specialty shoe and metal manufacturers got an opportunity to renew their connections with Maine’s biggest trading partner.

President Janine Bisaillon-Cary of the Maine International Trade Center says gubernatorial trade missions usually generate between $2 million and $7 million in projected contracts and sales in the first year after a visit. Last week’s trade mission to Vancouver and Toronto was Maine’s first to Canada since 1999.

Gov. John Baldacci went only to Toronto, paid his expenses out of his own pocket and traveled without support staff to save the state money.


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