Recognizing the Contributions of Trade to the Economy
Happy World Trade Month!
For years, May has been the time to not only recognize the benefits of international trade, but also for organizations around the country to support more American companies competing overseas.
For the United States, the benefits of trade have been great, as have our successes. We recently announced that for the fourth straight year, the United States set a record for annual exports in 2013, at $2.3 trillion. That is a 40 percent growth in total exports since 2009.
Behind those exports are millions of well-paying American jobs–a record 11.3 million jobs to be exact. That number is an increase of 1.6 million from 2009.
This month is full of great events, including National Travel and Tourism Week, which celebrates the country's largest service industry export.
As more American businesses compete and succeed in the global marketplace, the entire national economy reaps benefit.
We encourage small businesses to connect with events in their area to learn more about how engaging in the global marketplace can support your business! Contact your nearest Export Assistance Center to find events or to learn how you can tap into the 95 percent of global consumers who live outside the United States.
I'm very excited to celebrate World Trade Month with all of you!
The Startup-Global initiative is helping entrepreneurs recognize the opportunities in the global market and learn the best practices for competing overseas!
German businesses like BMW USA and PTF Pfuller recognize that the United States is the best place in the world for business investment.
National marine sanctuaries are key contributors to the U.S. travel and tourism industry and they help promote conservation and protection of our natural resources! Follow the National Ocean Service on Facebook to learn more!