WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden will visit the Port of Savannah on Sept. 16, along with its neighbor/rival in Charleston.
The trip comes just before Biden takes a look at the Panama Canal. Via the White House:
Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Panama and Mexico the third week of September to highlight our strong relationships in the region. His trip to Panama and Mexico will be immediately preceded by visits to the ports of Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina, on September 16th. These two U.S. ports are preparing to accommodate some of the increased freight volumes projected to move through the Panama Canal, where a major expansion project will be completed in 2015.
This expansion project will nearly triple the capacity of the canal and will allow significantly larger and deeper ships to call on U.S. ports. The cargo these ships carry will create increased opportunity in the region and can open whole new export markets for U.S. businesses. This follows President Obama’s tour of the Port of Jacksonville, Florida, on July 25th, where the President noted: “…we need modern ports so we can move more goods made in America out to the rest of the world.”