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"Trade Day" Draws Broad Support From Across The U.S. Economy


CEA Urges Congress to Pass Pending Trade Agreements with Columbia, Panama and South Korea

The extraordinary and diverse support for today’s White House trade event shows the crucial importance of trade to the U.S. economy, according to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®.

The event featured a diverse range of businesses–including technologists, retailers, farmers, ranchers, financial services companies–coming together to highlight the critical role that exports play in the U.S. economy.

“We thank this administration and congressional trade supporters for their advocacy on behalf of American businesses and workers, said Gary Shapiro, CEA president and CEO. “Now, we urge Congress to approve trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea which will open new opportunities for the U.S. economy and allow our businesses to export American goods and services to global consumers.”

The consumer electronics industry is poised to directly generate $1.4 trillion to the U.S. economy in 2008. In addition, 2.4 million U.S. consumer electronics jobs are directly tied to free trade, a recent study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers for CEA found. For more information about CEA’s Free Trade initiative, please go to


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