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October 15, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Washington in need of high-standard trade agreements

Trans-Pacific Partnership will help state’s job market

Jon Talton’s column highlights the critical need for a high-standard trade agreement that will benefit Washington state and the national economy [“Pivot toward Asia comes with potholes,” business, Oct 13].

Washington state has much to gain from a well-crafted agreement due to our strong economic ties with Asia. In fact, Asian countries are some of Washington’s top trading partners and Trans-Pacific Partnership countries account for one-third of Washington’s goods exports, as well as a significant portion of service exports.

With 40 percent of Washington jobs tied to international trade, TPP would be especially beneficial to our state — breaking down barriers to goods and service exports, creating jobs and generating economic growth. It would also help Washington’s manufacturing, retail and apparel companies to leverage more efficiently global supply chains in TPP countries, lower costs for Washington consumers and create more jobs at local companies.

While the negotiations for this agreement are complex, we must remain steadfast in advocating for a high-standard agreement that can generate significant economic growth here in Washington.

Ashley Dutta, Seattle

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