Partnership inked between Prairie Provinces and States

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REGINA, Sask. — A regional transportation plan has been signed, involving Saskatchewan, Manitoba and five northern States.

The agreement was signed in Minneapolis recently by officials representing each of the regions involved in the plan. The States of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota have all signed onto the plan, along with Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The partnership is aimed at focusing on common goals to improve trade and regional economic development. Addressing key transportation issues will be among the top priorities for the group.

“This agreement will benefit the Saskatchewan economy and neighboring economies,” says Saskatchewan’s Transportation Minister, Mark Wartman. “Everyone involved has the same objective — to reduce barriers related to the movement of goods for prairie shippers and producers.”

The coalition will create a regional transportation plan focusing on trade barriers such as border crossing issues such a pre-clearance at the Canada/U.S. border and weight and dimension regulations for trucks.

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