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Scarbrough Promotes North American Trade at International Conference

Supporting NASCO.

Supporting North American Trade.

Scarbrough International recently participated in the North American Strategy for Competitiveness (NASCO) annual Continental Reunion in Monterrey Mexico to discuss issues and solutions to the changing dynamic of North American and global trade. Key players in the industry for North American Trade were able to listen, learn and collaborate with one another. The theme of this year’s conference was Beyond Borders, Beyond Politics and drew government, educational, and business leaders from the United States, Canada, and Mexico,  including keynote speaker Ildefonso Guajardo, Mexican secretary of the Economy, who leads Mexico’s NAFTA negotiation team.


Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo and Scarbrough’s Southern Border Operations Manager, Samuel Camarillo


 “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to speak at such an amazing event,” comments Kevin Ekstrand, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Scarbrough International. 

“As a North American logistics firm with offices in the USA and Mexico, it is imperative that we maintain open and free trade in North America. Mexico and Canada are two of our top trading partners globally and many of our clients’ supply chains are tightly woven and dependent upon free trade with these countries.  As for NAFTA, I hope we will see the necessary changes to modernize the agreement to further accommodate the modern value and supply chains while increasing the global competitiveness of our North American businesses.”


Scarbrough’s VP of Sales & Marketing, Kevin Ekstrand, sits on a panel explaining how relevant international commerce is for the NAFTA community.


In fact, one year ago, former President George W. Bush recognized Scarbrough at the NASCO Continental Reunion. The event was held in Dallas, Texas and in Windsor, Ontario the year prior.  In Bush’s speech, he mentioned how Scarbrough is just one example of a small business that has benefited from the North American Free Trade Agreement. In fact, Scarbrough has helped hundreds of other companies also benefit from NAFTA and we are happy to do this on a daily basis!

Pictured from left to right: Kevin Ekstrand, President George W. Bush, Jeannie Scarbrough, and Roger Scarbrough


Being involved with NASCO has been beneficial not only for Scarbrough, but for the several industries that are tied to North American trade, especially during the NAFTA negotiations.

The next round of negotiations will take place November 17, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico.

“I can’t think of any entity, any business, any manufacturer and any trade that wants to alienate or discharge one of its top three customers”, said Ken Allen, Chairman of NASCO. Canada, Mexico and the United States from the world’s largest free trade area that links 450 million people and represents a $20+ trillion economy. Successful talks and the modernization of NAFTA are the end game”.
“This conference clearly shows how North American business partnerships support exports to all corners of the globe and are having a positive impact on all three countries”, said David Crawford, Vice President, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. NAFTA trade is up 250% since 1993. I call this a success.”

Next year, the NASCO Continental Reunion will be in Vancouver, British Columbia, so mark your calendars!


Scarbrough International is a leading global logistics firm offering Customs Brokerage, International Freight Forwarding (Air/Ocean/Rail/Truck), Compliance Consulting, Training, Warehouse, Distribution, and North American Truck Brokerage FTL/LTL.  For more information please visit .

NASCO is the only grassroots, continental organization focused on the competitiveness of the North American supply chain, workforce, and energy independence.  For more information please visit