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Ambassador Kirk Tours Port of Baltimore, Highlights the NEI

Today, Ambassador Kirk began his day with a tour of the Port of Baltimore. Focusing on how exports are a catalyst to the United States’ economic recovery and a source for creating new jobs, Ambassador Kirk discussed the importance of opening new markets for American products. This event is a continuation of his efforts to highlight President Obama’s National Export Initiative, which seeks to double U.S. exports within the next five years.

Ambassador Kirk at the Port of Baltimore
Ambassador Kirk at the Port of Baltimore

Maryland exports to Asia alone accounted for $1.9 billion in 2009. In 2009, Maryland was the 28th largest state exporter of goods, totaling $9.2 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 2008, the Baltimore- Townson metropolitan area was responsible for 63 percent of Maryland’s total goods. USTR is committed to opening new markets and creating new jobs and export opportunities for Maryland businesses and workers.