Canada-Jordan Trade Deal a Boon to Calgary Firm

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Calgary firm credits FTA with making it cost competitive in Jordan

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The Canada-Jordan Free Trade Agreement, which came into force on October 1, 2012, aims to expand trade between the two countries. It eliminates tariffs on most Canadian exports to Jordan and increases opportunities for Canadian companies and workers in sectors such as forestry, machinery, construction equipment, and agriculture and agri-food.

Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises, such as Calgary-based Evans Consoles Corporation, are excited about what the free trade agreement means for trade with the region.

The company designs and manufactures consoles for technology-intensive work environments such as air traffic control centres, surveillance and homeland security centres, and government offices. Evans Consoles, founded in 1980, exports 95 percent of its products around the world.

“There used to be a 20 to 25 percent tax on our product in Jordan,” says Alena Poremsky, International Sales Manager for Evans Consoles for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The elimination of tariffs will be a huge benefit for Evans Consoles, she says, adding that “we would like to do more business in Jordan.”

Under a contract with the Government of Jordan, the company is installing consoles in the National Center for Security and Crisis Management in Amman. Evans Consoles is furnishing the entire centre, including the control room, meeting rooms, information technology rooms, security rooms and offices. All the consoles were built in Calgary, says Poremsky.

Poremsky says she’s excited about the free trade agreement and the prospect of increasing Evans Consoles’ market share in Jordan. The Middle East accounts for a large portion of Evans Consoles’ international sales. She expects that Evans Consoles’ contract to furnish the National Center for Security and Crisis Management will lead to other projects in the future.

Learn more about the Canada-Jordan Free Trade Agreement.