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Published April 12, 2012, 01:18 PM

North Dakota officials organizing trade mission to Colombia

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Two government marketing experts are in Fargo this week meeting with company officials who want to take part in a trade mission to Colombia.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Two government marketing experts are in Fargo this week meeting with company officials who want to take part in a trade mission to Colombia.

The trip is being scheduled after Congress approved a free-trade agreement with the South American country.

The deal will eliminate most tariffs on U.S. exports to Colombia.

North Dakota exported more than $11 million worth of goods to Colombia in 2011. The state sold $5.3 million worth of wheat and $3.9 million worth of heavy equipment.

Sen. John Hoeven says the agreement with Colombia and similar trade deals with Panama and South Korea represent billions of dollars of business for American manufacturers and producers.

Hoeven says the North Dakota trade mission to Colombia is about "going and getting our share."

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