A recent letter incorrectly stated Sen. Susan Collins’ position on the Colombia Free Trade Agreement. She voted against this agreement.

She did, however, support the free trade agreement with South Korea because she believes it will support good jobs here in Maine.

As President Barack Obama said, this agreement will make it easier for American companies to sell their products in South Korea, which is already Maine’s fifth-largest export market.

Maine businesses shipped nearly $100 million worth of goods to Korea last year, supporting jobs in Maine’s wood pulp and paper, electrical machinery and chemical products industries.

Upon implementation of the U.S.-Korea agreement, more than 95 percent of Maine’s exports to South Korea will be duty-free, unlocking new opportunities for Maine’s manufacturing and agricultural industries.

Fairchild Semiconductor and General Electric, which employ more than 1,500 people in Maine, each fully supported this deal because they say it will make their businesses more competitive.

That translates into more jobs here at home.

Kevin Kelley

Communications director

Sen. Susan M. Collins


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