Seaports Magazine - Summer 2013 - (Page 26)

» PorTs + PoLiTics Washington Poised to be Leader in global economy Continued port innovation and efficiency across the state will be crucial in handling future increases in trade volume By Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA 8th District) i n Washington, we see firsthand the value of trade and its role as a job-creator. We are a state that consistently maintains a trade surplus, where 40 percent of jobs are tied to trade, and where the volume of trade continues to grow. In 2012, Washington broke its previous export record, ranking sixth in goods exports and sixth in services exports in addition to being in the top 10 in more than 30 specific industries. across the globe, consumers demand access to Washington products from apples and potatoes to software and outdoor recreation apparel. In fact, last year Washington businesses reached consumers in more than 200 markets. to ensure that these products reach consumers, we rely heavily on our airport, seaport and rail systems. Washington ports not only provide for the export of goods from and import of goods into the state, but the overwhelming majority of these goods make their way to other parts of the country. as a result, consumers and businesses across the U.S. depend on these ports and their ability to handle cargo in a secure and efficient manner. Before coming to Congress, I served in law enforcement for 33 years. as a law enforcement official, I saw the manner in which gains in technology, such as in DNa analysis, improved our ability to catch criminals. as a Congressman, I have seen how gains in technology help bring Washington goods to market. Washington is home to many global companies that depend on integrated and intricate supply chains supported by Washington ports. the ports of Seattle and tacoma handle billions of dollars’ worth of cargo each year, generate millions of dollars’ worth of economic activity in the region, and employ tens of thousands of Washingtonians directly and indirectly. Both ports are leaders not only in efficient movement of cargo but also in the volume of trade these ports handle each day. For example, the port of tacoma has worked to create a coordinated and seamless web of cargo movement through the strategic positioning of rail lines, monthly discussions on new efficiency strategies, and the use of automated switches and web-based software that provides for the sharing of arrival and departure times of trains and vessels. the port of Seattle’s initiatives include collaborating with the City of Seattle to fund and install ItS variable message signing to help direct trucks along the fastest routes to its terminals, and utilizing additional technologies to move trucks through the gates more quickly. Finally, I believe that port innovation and efficiency are so important because I believe that the volume of goods coming in and out of our ports will continue to grow. In the 113th Congress, we are pushing forward on an ambitious and robust trade agenda. For Washington, an important piece of this agenda 26 aaPa seaPorTs MagaZine Cargo being unloaded at the Port of Seattle. is the trans-pacific partnership (tpp). With almost 70 percent of goods from Washington heading to the pacific rim, the tpp will be a boon to our ports, businesses, workers and farmers. these markets demand U.S. goods and services, and we have more than capable workers ready to produce them. Continued port innovation and efficiency will be crucial in handling this increased trade volume, and ensuring that our state continues to be a leader in the global economy. ● Congressman Dave Reichert brings more than 40 years of public service experience to Washington. Reichert is serving his fourth term as the Representative from the Eighth Congressional District of Washington. Congressman Reichert serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, with appointments to two subcommittees: Trade and Human Resources, of which he is Chairman.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Summer 2013

AA PA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
Sourcing Near and Far
Partnering at Home to Encourage Trade Growth
Cruise Info on the Go
Community Ties
AA PA Gathers in D.C. for Spring Conference
Washington Poised to be Leader in Global Economy
Creating Agile Supply Chain Networks in Today’s Fast-Changing World
TTI: Costs of Delaying Channel Maintenance are High
Improving Safety and Efficiency through PORTS®
Seaports are at the Forefront of Export Growth
ACE E-Manifest Enhances Sea and Rail Security
Port Metro Vancouver Smart Fleet Trucking Strategy to Drive Efficiency, Reliability
The Buenaventura Container Terminal Invests $3.5 Million in Cargo Verification System
RFID Tags Promote Growth, Efficiency at GPA
Index of Advertisers

Seaports Magazine - Summer 2013