Yes the traffic at the major US ports does provide a big chunk of employment and I am aware from working at most of the major terminals a couple of weeks a month that folks working there are paid well. But that as I said doesn't help the guy running the corner store in a border town in Wyoming. :-)
Not to mention that spending a day at the Port of Long Beach/LA or Newark for example could result in a real eye opener as to where many of the ships unloading there have come from (even though many of them may have a China or Panama register on them) and what they may be carrying. LOL Do you know for example how many ship loads of bananas come in from Latin America or steel from Europe arrive in the port of Long Beach each year? Did you know that many of the big power generators keeping the lights
on in California came from Europe & a number of their rapid transit rail cars came from Spain?
One of the reasons the ships from China are the most often photographed is due to their impressive size - they dont need to go through the Panama canal so are not restricted to building ships to what we call panamax size as most other ship owners are. It still takes my breath away even when standing on the bridge of a panamax ship when a big container vessel from China comes along side to berth.
It may also come as a bit of surprise to some that most of the containers loaded onto ships to China from the US and Canada are actually empty. Sad but true. Actually in 2011 the trade imbalance between China and the USA was to the tune of $295 billion
. The imbalance between China and Canada isnt any better. :-( While the US exports more goods to Canada than any other country it trades with.
Some might call the relationship between Canada and the US a lot like friends with benefits
not so sure the same can be said to the same extent with with USA and China or Canada and China for that matter.
Now can we get back to the humour of bashing Canada and putting the fear into everyone who dares travel here ????