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CME first Canadian business association to present to a US Congressional Committee

Published by Stephanie Brooks on May 16, 2013

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) - Canada's largest trade and industry association - today becomes the first Canadian business association to testify at a US Congressional hearing as CME's Washington representative, Birgit Matthiesen, presents to panel members on the Lacey Act.

CME, speaking second on the panel, will stress the importance of support for the goals of the environmental stewardship and urge changes to the border impediments introduced by the 2008 Lacey Act amendments - namely, the transactional import declaration.

"Our involvement as the first association involved in a hearing demonstrates CME's high level of advocacy on an issue impacting manufacturers and exporters on both sides of the border," says CME President & CEO Jayson Myers. "CME has been working with its members in Canada and industry coalitions in the US to enact changes for some time."

The lumber and paper product sectors, as well as wooden musical instrument manufacturers, are most affected by the Act. All product lines, however, will eventually be impacted if the statute is not amended.

The Lacey Act, first introduced in 1990, is a conservation law intended to protect plants and wildlife through penalties for a various violations like trade in wildlife, fish, and plants that have been illegally taken, transported or sold.

CME has submitted formal comments to the Administration that are available upon request. The hearing starts at 10 a.m. EST and can be viewed live by clicking here.

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