Contact: Jessica Robinson
Tuesday, February 13,
Blunt Strengthens Missouri’s Trading
Partnership with Mexico
Gov. Matt Blunt today returned to Missouri
after leading a successful trade mission to Mexico
which helped to strengthen relationships with the state’s second largest trading
partner. During his visit, Blunt emphasized the importance of a Mexican
Customs Port Facility in Kansas City to
Mexico’s new leaders, including
President Felipe Calderon.
“The SmartPort is hands down a great opportunity for both
Mexico and Missouri,” Blunt said.
“It will create distribution jobs in Kansas City,
improve export opportunities and further enhance our trade relations with
Mexico. The trade mission
provided an invaluable opportunity to continue strengthening relationships with
second largest trading partner and to ensure SmartPort continues to move
The governor and several Kansas
City leaders met with Mexican officials to discuss
SmartPort. The talks were an important step in remaining persistent as
Missouri continues to work towards a Mexican
Customs Port Facility in Kansas
City. The facility will be the first of its kind
ever in the U.S. and would
allow U.S. exported goods to
be cleared through Kansas
City instead of along the U.S./Mexican border.
The benefits of SmartPort are far reaching and nonpartisan. Both Governors
Holden and Blunt have worked to build Missouri’s relationship with Mexico and secure the site in Kansas City.
While in Mexico, the
Missouri delegation met with Mexican President
Felipe Calderon, Minister of Communications & Transportation Luis Tellez,
Minister of Finance & Public Credit Agustin Carstens, Director of Mexican
Customs Juan Jose Bravo, the Governor of the State of Michoacan Lazaro Cardenas
and U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Antonio “Tony” Garza.
In 2005 Missouri exported $1.15 billion in
products to Mexico. Missouri exports to Mexico
have increased over the last five years by more than $469 million, a change of
68.55 percent. Transportation equipment at $317 million was the state's largest
export in 2005, followed by agricultural products.