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News Release
FOR RELEASE - February 7, 2023
Contact: Shawn Balcomb,

American Association of Port Authorities
Phone: (202) 792-4033

Statement from AAPA CEO Chris Connor on Earthquake in Turkey and Syria

Washington, D.C. – AAPA President and CEO Chris Connor today released the following statement on the earthquake devastating Turkey and Syria:

“The images of destruction that Turkey and Syria have experienced are shocking and we are only beginning to understand the extent of their impact on ports and the global supply chain,” explained Chris Connor, President and CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). “Our hearts mourn all the lives lost. We also offer our best wishes to those engaged in recovery efforts and hope for a speedy reopening of the ports so they can help facilitate relief efforts.”

About AAPA

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) is the unified voice of port leaders and maritime industry partners across the Western Hemisphere who serve a vital role in job-creation, international competitiveness and economic prosperity. Connecting small business owners, retailers and manufacturers to the global marketplace, AAPA member organizations sustain 31 million jobs and 26 percent of the U.S. economy, and advocate for national policies and infrastructure investments in support of a resilient global supply chain and a positive impact on the way people live, work, travel and engage in commerce. Visit or on Twitter @PortsUnited.

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