Seaports Magazine - Summer 2013 - (Page 30)
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seaports are at the forefront
of export growth
Through communication, outreach and education,
ports across the country can play a key role in
expanding the trade potential for U.S. businesses
By Michael Masserman
Executive Director for Export Policy, Promotion and Strategy
International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
eaports are the launch pad during a good’s export journey. though a product destined for export begins in our
factories and farms, the port facilitates a critical transition. that means our ports are both gateways for trade
globally and engines for growth locally.
Seaports handle a greater percentage of U.S. goods exports
than any other transport mode. More than 75 percent of america’s
merchandise exports by volume – and more than 36 percent by
value – leave the United States via our waterways.
that means most of the goods portion within our record
$2.2 trillion in exports last year passed through seaports. these
ports played a vital role in the nearly 10 million jobs supported by
exports in 2012, and helped exports reach a record 14 percent of
our country’s Growth Domestic product. this was all accomplished
despite a slowdown in the world economy and in world trade volumes.
our ports enabled the United States this past year to reach
record levels of merchandise exports to 70 countries, including
major emerging markets – such as Brazil, China and India – and
11 free trade agreement partners. this includes record exports
to our new trade agreement partners of panama and Colombia,
as well as to russia, which is a new member of the World trade
organization and was granted permanent Normal trade relations
by the United States.
this record export growth also resulted from sectors critical to
our nation’s competitiveness and which primarily rely on ports for
their mode of cross-border delivery. For example, manufactured
goods reached a record $1.35 trillion in 2012, and manufacturing
exports have increased by 47 percent between 2009 and 2012. our
exports of motor vehicles and parts totaled $132.7 billion in 2012 (an
increase of nearly 80 percent since 2009), and this sector continues
to be a bright spot for U.S. exports in markets all over the world.
three years into the president’s National export Initiative (NeI)
– which seeks to double U.S. exports and create an additional two
million jobs – our efforts are paying off and helping to change the
way america does business.
But there is more work to do. that is why the International trade
administration is partnering with organizations like the american
association of port authorities in order to expand the export potential
for american businesses.
Seaports around the country are positioned to share trade lead
information and conduct exporter outreach and education seminars,
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through which we can help firms expand their reach into more
markets and enable new firms to become “export-ready.”
By sharing specialized knowledge with exporters, seaport officials’
help can facilitate an overseas sale – expanding port growth, local
businesses and american jobs. We want as many ports to as possible
participate in this national partnership, so please visit www.export.
gov/ports for more information.
We are also working with ports on tailored trade missions, such
as the Commerce Department’s first-ever ports and maritime
trade mission to India in February 2012. In addition, this past year
Commerce established an advisory Committee for Supply Chain
Competitiveness, which is made up of representatives from seaports,
the freight industry and supply chain users. this committee will
advise the secretary of commerce on the necessary elements of
national freight infrastructure, and a national freight policy designed
to support U.S. export growth and foster national competitiveness.
our interaction with ports returns to the premise that ports act
as a nexus for international engagement for U.S. exporters, but also
play a critical economic role in our communities.
recently, ports have taken a seat at the table for regions participating in the Metropolitan export Initiative, or MeI. We are
proud to partner with the Brookings Institution on the MeI, which
aims to localize the NeI, and ensure metros across the country are
developing regional export plans to ultimately be incorporated into
their broader regional economic development strategies.
Seaports are at the forefront of our national and local efforts to
strengthen america’s economy and ensure long-term sustainable
growth. as the president has demonstrated, he understands that
we can create jobs right now and strengthen our economy over the
long haul by rebuilding the infrastructure that powers our businesses
and our economy – our roads, our bridges, our schools – and our
ports. We look forward to further partnering in ways that benefit
our ports and the jobs they support.
Michael Masserman serves as the Presidentially appointed
Executive Director for Export Policy, Promotion, and Strategy at
the U.S. Department of Commerce. Masserman is charged with
leading Commerce and government-wide efforts to implement the
National Export Initiative (NEI), which President Obama laid out
in his 2010 State of the Union Address with the goal of doubling
exports by the end of 2014.
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
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
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