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Cantwell: Wash. state exports to benefit from overseas trade deals

Cantwell: Wash. state exports to benefit from overseas trade deals

Senator Maria Cantwell

On Oct. 12, the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive trade package that includes Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia. The American Farm Bureau estimates that the increased market opportunities for Washington state under these trade agreements could increase direct exports by $52.8 million per year and add hundreds of jobs to the state economy.

The package now goes to President Obama for his signature, after passing the House by three separate votes. According to the International Trade Commission, these agreements will create 250,000 U.S. jobs and increase U.S. exports by $13 billion.

“This bill is a winner for Washington state’s agricultural and trade economy,” Sen. Maria Cantwell said. ”The Senate passage of these trade agreements has been years in the making. These trade agreements will open up markets to Washington state goods and make sure our products stay competitive in a global economy. They will support jobs in Washington and across the nation – from the apple orchard, to the trucks that carry the apples to the port, to the shipping jobs that send the product overseas.”

The Korea FTA would immediately eliminate a 15 percent tariff on wine. During fiscal year 2010, 24 percent of the wine exported from Washington went to South Korea. Also under the agreement, South Korea would eliminate a 40 percent tariff on beef over 15 years. The American Farm Bureau estimates that Washington state will increase beef exports by $7 million per year. Beef is the state’s 5th largest commodity, and the market for American beef in South Korea has the potential to reach $1 billion.

Washington state is the nation’s second largest grower and exporter of fruit, with exports of fresh and processed fruits and vegetables valued at more than $1.8 billion in 2009, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. The Free Trade Agreement with Colombia would immediately eliminate a 15 percent tariff on apples, which the Washington Apple Commission estimates could lead to increases in shipments of 50 to 100 percent this season. This year, Washington state’s apple crop going to Colombia was valued at $4.5 million. (end)

Posted in Briefs, Vol 30 No 43 | 10/22-10/28Comments (0)

BLOG: Rising star challenges Cantwell

BLOG: Rising star challenges Cantwell

By Assunta Ng
Northwest Asian Weekly

Phillip Yin at a wedding where he was a groomsman (left) and Sen. Maria Cantwell

Republicans have been recruiting people to run against Sen. Maria Cantwell, including a young Asian American. Phillip Yin, 38, an anchor and reporter for Bloomberg television’s Asia–Pacific region, is planning to announce his 2012 senate campaign.

Yin, who recently returned to Seattle, is now organizing a kick-off event. Born in Yakima and a University of Washington business grad, he also holds an MBA from Georgetown University. He worked for investment companies before he went to Asia in 2004. He spent a part of his childhood in Yakima, where his dad worked as an architect. ♦

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 30 No 38 | 9/17-9/23Comments (0)

Densho receives half a million in grants from U.S. Department of the Interior

Densho receives half a million in grants from U.S. Department of the Interior

Sen. Cantwell (left) and Congressman Jay Inslee (Photo provided by Maria Cantwell's office)

On June 23, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Rep. Jay Inslee (WA-01) toured the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial. They advocated for funding of the educational installation at the site. Read the full story

Posted in Briefs, Vol 30 No 29 | 7/16-7/22Comments (0)

May 30: Nisei Veterans honor fallen on Memorial Day

May 30: Nisei Veterans honor fallen on Memorial Day

Sam Mitsui (left) delivers the keynote address and Sen. Maria Cantwell delivers a speech

The Nisei Veterans Committee and the Japanese American community gathered to honor fallen heroes at the Annual NVC Memorial Day Program at Lake View Cemetery in Seattle, as they always have since 1946. WWII veteran Sam Mitsui provided the keynote address. Read the full story

Posted in Names in the News, Vol 30 No 25 | 6/18-6/24Comments (0)

Blog: Bill Gates, the man behind the brand

Blog: Bill Gates, the man behind the brand

Melinda and Bill Gates show little intimacy toward one another (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

What does a rich man do to create dreams for the world? Build a palace or own an island? Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 30 No 24 | 6/11-6/17Comments (0)

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