Washington State trade with Trans-Pacific partners
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a proposed trade agreement among twelve countries bordering the Pacific Ocean. Washington is one of the largest states in terms of the percentage of value produced that is exported. Furthermore, Washington is the closest of the 48 contiguous states by great circle distance to northeast Asian countries, such as South Korea and Japan. Therefore, there is reason to expect that the effects of the TPP will be larger in Washington relative to other states. However, this publication neither assesses the benefits and costs of the agreement nor discusses points of controversy. Rather, this paper documents the past trade patterns between Washington State and TPP members in order to establish the facts on recent trade trends with TPP countries.