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Letter: Alaska depends on imports, exports

  • Author: Julia Dykstra
    | Opinion
  • Updated: September 12
  • Published September 12

The global economy is getting more competitive by the day. With 95% of the world’s consumers living outside the United States, being able to sell American-made products in the global marketplace is critical for the growth and success of small businesses like mine. For me, this isn’t theoretical. Exporting isn’t just a key part of our business strategy, it’s vital to supporting high-quality jobs for our workforce.

Companies here in Alaska aren’t just competing with other small business across the country, we’re competing against companies all over the world. That’s why Congress needs to lead and re-authorize the Export-Import Bank. It helps to level the playing field to ensure small manufacturers and suppliers can reach new consumers all around the globe with American-made products. What’s more, we know this works. In just the past decade, the Export-Import Bank has helped companies like mine sell $290 billion worth of American products around the world, all while returning money each and every year to the American taxpayer.

If our representatives in Congress want to prioritize growing our economy and supporting American jobs, they should provide businesses like ours certainty and support re-authorizing the Export-Import Bank. This is a common-sense approach that will allow local businesses to take advantage of opportunities in new overseas markets, better compete against foreign companies and ultimately win.

— Julia Dykstra

Girdwood

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