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J. Tullos Wells and City Officials Lead First Ever San Antonio Delegation to Canada

August 1, 2006

Wells and San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger discuss trade and business opportunities with America’s second largest trade partner

SAN ANTONIO (August 1, 2006)-Honorary Canadian Consul General and local Bracewell & Giuliani attorney J. Tullos Wells led a delegation of civic and business leaders on a trade mission representing the city of San Antonio with visits to Toronto and Montreal, Canada.

The delegation discussed opportunities for San Antonio companies in the aerospace, automotive, biomedical, information technology and tourism industries, among others. 

Wells, the managing partner of the San Antonio office of Bracewell & Giuliani, was named the first Honorary Canadian Consul General in September 2005.  In the position Wells represents Canadian interests in San Antonio and South Texas in business, academic, cultural, economic and political affairs.

Canada is Texas’ second-largest trading partner after Mexico.  In 2004, Texas exported $8.9 billion in merchandise to Canada, more than Texas’ exports to all of Latin America and the Caribbean combined, excluding Mexico.  Texas imported $8.1 billion of goods from Canada in 2004.  Combined two-way trade of $17 billion increased $1.4 billion from the previous year.   In Texas, 369,000 jobs are supported by Canada-U.S. trade.

Texas’ leading exports to Canada in 2004 include plastics ($1 billion), computers ($880 million), chemicals ($800 million) and motor vehicle parts ($487 million).  Texas’ leading imports from Canada in 2004 were motor vehicle parts ($572 million), petroleum and coal products ($555 million), chemicals ($431 million) and synthetic rubber and plastics ($390 million). 

Tourism, an important sector in San Antonio, is also a key component of the Canada/Texas relationship. Nearly 260,000 Canadians visited Texas in 2004, spending $169 million.  In 2004, 350,000 Texans visited Canada, spending $241 million.