Tuesday, July 26, 2016

VP Biden Speaks at Port of San Diego

By Mark Edward Nero

The Port of San Diego welcomed Vice President Joe Biden for an official visit on July 13 as he delivered remarks on trade enforcement.

The Vice President’s speech focused on the Administration's aggressive record on trade enforcement and discussed actions to further level the playing field for American workers and businesses, including bringing trade enforcement cases at the World Trade Organization and enforcing antidumping and countervailing duty orders.

“To ensure American workers and businesses have a fair shot and equal access to the world markets and aren’t put in a competitive disadvantage by cheating, we have to enforce the rules of the road that govern trade,” Biden said in his 20-minute speech, which was delivered before about 200 guests. “Agreements aren’t worth the paper they are written on unless they are enforced.”

The Vice President’s speech took place at the port’s Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal. He was introduced by Port Chair Marshall Merrifield.

“We’re determined here at the Port of San Diego, with the help of the US government, to create even more jobs, while continuing to hone our competitive edge in the global marketplace,” Merrifield said during his speech.

A two-minute video of the highlights of Biden’s remarks can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLzeHWT9Xs4.

Also, a photo gallery of the event is available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/portofsandiego/albums/72157671060989095.