Jericho, NY -- Purolator USA recently stepped up its outreach efforts to businesses throughout New York State, as a way to promote the tremendous trade opportunities between the U.S. and Canada. Bilateral trade between New York State and Canada is expected to exceed $40 billion during 2008, and is likely to remain strong during the ongoing economic downturn. As more and more New York businesses realize the potential for doing business in Canada, Purolator USA is rapidly becoming a "logistics provider of choice," because of its expertise with cross border logistics.

"Both the U.S. and Canadian governments have made great progress in facilitating trade between the two countries," says Purolator USA President John Costanzo. "Trade barriers have fallen, and steps have been taken to minimize border crossing delays and 'unexpected' fees. As a result, businesses are increasingly realizing the economic advantage of cross border sales."

Products traveling between the two countries represent a wide array of manufacturing categories. For example, New York manufacturers sent more than $13 billion in goods to Canada last year, including computers, electronics, automotive and machinery parts, primary metal products and personal/household goods. Of the $26 billion in goods that New York imports from Canada, leading categories include energy products, metals, automobiles and automotive parts.

As an example of the partnership between the two countries, the Canadian government reports that while Oakville, Ontario is home to a Ford Motor Company facility that assembles the Ford Edge model, 80 percent of the auto's body is produced in Hamburg, NY. Trucks carrying parts between the two locations cross the border roughly 18 times a day.

"There is a tremendous amount of synergy between New York companies and their Canadian counterparts," says Costanzo. "We have several customers who interact on a daily basis with businesses on either side of the border."

Costanzo notes that Purolator USA is uniquely qualified to meet the needs of these businesses because of Purolator's expertise with cross border logistics. Purolator USA maintains facilities on either side of the border, which allows customers to consolidate their shipments so that fewer crossings are necessary. "Fewer crossings mean shorter delays at the border, and lower fees and duties," says Costanzo.

Purolator USA also provides customers access to an extensive distribution network throughout Canada. Purolator's network is more extensive than most logistics providers, allowing access to some of the most remote regions of that country.

Because cross border transactions require an understanding of Canadian and U.S. regulations and fee structures, many businesses rely on Purolator USA for its expertise in these areas. Through its Purolator Trade Solutions service, Purolator USA provides access to cross border trade specialists, who can easily navigate U.S./Canadian customs regulations and procedures.

Businesses interested in learning more about Purolator USA's cross border expertise can visit www.purolatorusa.com.

About Purolator USA
Purolator USA, Inc. is a subsidiary of Purolator Courier Ltd, Canada's largest overnight courier company. Purolator USA specializes in the air and surface forwarding of small packages and freight shipments, customs brokerage and delivery to, from and within the North American market.

In addition to its facilities throughout New York State, Purolator USA has expanded into several key markets including Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Philadelphia and Raleigh/Durham.

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