Peter Tirschwell, JOC Group chief content officer, is a prominent thought-leader in maritime transportation with more than 20 years as journalist and business leader at The Journal of Commerce.

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President Obama’s legacy now will be defined at least in part by success on trade. It was indeed an achievement to have secured the first presidential “fast track” authority in eight years, paving way for completion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership with 11 nations covering 40 percent of U.S. trade. But without transportation, there can be no trade. Expanding trade agreements without improving the infrastructure needed to handle it defeats the purpose.

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