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Loading containers at Long Beach

The sharply narrowing trade deficit doesn't reflect only good news, the AP reports:

The drop in demand for imports reflected the slowdown in the U.S. economy during the spring as businesses cut back on rebuilding inventories and consumer demand slackened under the weight of high unemployment.

That said, the export numbers, and this picture, are in striking contrast to a video piece we produced last year, about the Port of Seattle's doldrums and the ripple effect into the local economy.