N.B. treasury board president travels to Maine to promote trade relationship

New Brunswick's treasury board president will travel to Maine on Monday to promote the province's trade relationship with the United States.

Roger Melanson, who is also the minister responsible for Trade Policy, will meet with several officials of the Maine state government.

Melanson said enhancing trade and economic relationships with the U.S. remains a high priority for the province.

"I am happy to have this opportunity to promote the advantages of trade and the mutual benefit that it provides," Melanson said in a news release. "I look forward to meeting our partners in Maine and building upon our existing positive relationship."

The United States is New Brunswick's largest trading partner, and New Brunswick is Maine's largest international export market.

New Brunswick exporters shipped $767 million worth of goods to Maine last year, primarily wood pulp, electricity, lumber, lobster and salmon.

Maine shipped $1 billion worth of products to New Brunswick over the same period, primarily lobster, natural gas and salmon.