Port group, U.S. trade reps sign export initiative

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Committing to work together to help increase U.S. exports, the American Association of Port Authorities and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration signed a memorandum of intent implementing the “Partnership with America’s Seaports to Further the National Export Initiative,” supporting President Obama’s goal of doubling exports in 2010.

Under the agreement, ITA and AAPA will partner to coordinate communications, idea exchanges, activities and services that assist U.S. businesses in exporting; and to increase awareness of the available services, trade missions, programs and overseas events that involve U.S. export opportunities.

“AAPA and the Department of Commerce share a strong interest and commitment to increasing trading opportunities for U.S. products abroad,” says Kurt Nagle, AAPA president and chief executive officer. “We believe a collaborative approach between Commerce and America’s seaports is the best way to ensure the success of this important national initiative.”