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If you judge the automotive market by the trade volumes handled by mid-Atlantic ports, Americans are buying imported cars at a torrid pace, and so are Arabs. With U.S. automobile sales up 4.5 percent year-over-year to more than 10 million units in the seven months through July, mid-Atlantic ports are enjoying strong imports. New and used-car exports, too, are flourishing.

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