Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA
DS: For the CE industry, what have been the primary benefits of free trade agreements?
GS: The CE industry is at a healthy rate of growth. The average American consumer has 25 CE products, and they’re sourced from all over the world, including the United States. So the benefit is our industry has grown dramatically. You can look at our sales figures compared to average CDP growth. We’re spurring the rest of the economy because our products are creating opportunities for new jobs. If you put a wall up around the country and start saying we’re stuck with the technology we have, we’ll be like cars in Cuba.
DS: What types of new jobs are being created?