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Seaports connect American farmers, manufacturers and consumers to the world market. Trade policies and agreements that promote fair and equitable trade boost U.S. economic growth and increase Made-in-America exports. At least 95% of the world’s population and 80% of global consumption is located outside of the U.S.

In 2013 alone, more than two billion metric tons of foreign and domestic cargo worth $2.5 trillion moved through America’s seaports, which move 99.4% of all U.S. overseas cargo by weight and 64.1% by value. 

Every U.S. state relies on an average of 15 seaports to handle imports and exports totaling $3.8 billion worth of goods each day. For every additional $1 billion in U.S. exports, 15,000 jobs are created.

AAPA has a long history of supporting free trade with equity and fairness. AAPA works with its coalition partners to encourage Congress to support free and fair trade. 


Research from Third Way: Supply Chains and Value Chains, Explained

Research from the Wilson Center’s Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition: Strategic Competition Demands America Up Its Game in Maritime Commerce – May 8, 2023