AAPA Welcomes Ross the new U.S. Commerce Secretary

Wilbur Ross Photo AAPA

By Joseph R. Fonseca

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) -
the unified and recognized voice of America's ports - was pleased
to learn this evening that the U.S. Senate has confirmed Wilbur
Ross as the nation's new Secretary of Commerce.

As commerce secretary, Mr. Ross has oversight over a number of
agencies important to ports, including the International Trade
Administration, which promotes U.S. trade and investment, and the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which is vital
to maritime commerce since its weather service and aids to
navigation divisions provide important safety and efficiency
programs for mariners.

Remarking on Mr. Ross' confirmation, AAPA President and CEO Kurt
Nagle said: "We look forward to working with Secretary Ross to
enhance America's international competitiveness and increase U.S.
exports. We appreciate that Secretary Ross has said that he
favors 'sensible trade,' and that being anti-trade 'is a
disadvantage of the American worker and the American
manufacturing community.' AAPA favors reciprocal international
trade liberalization on a fair and equitable basis."

With today's global marketplace and worldwide supply chain,
American manufacturers, farmers and businesses rely on ports more
than ever to handle the raw materials and semi-finished
components needed for production here in the U.S., and to be able
to export their products and enhance their international

For every $1 billion in exports shipped through U.S. seaports,
15,000 jobs are created.

Mr. Nagle added: "During his confirmation hearings, we were also
pleased to learn that Mr. Ross voiced support for public
investments in transportation, saying there will be some
necessity for direct federal spending on transportation, whether
it's in the form of guarantees or direct investment. As the
voice of America's seaports, AAPA is the leading advocate for
increasing federal investment into these vital hubs of
international commerce and economic development. Freight
connections to U.S. ports - which handle some 2 billion tons of
goods, support 23 million American jobs and generate $4.6
trillion in economic activity annually - are falling behind 21st
century needs, putting jobs at risk and reducing our global

Feb 28, 2017

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