FOR FEATURE STORY USA-PORTS/CHINA

 
FOR FEATURE STORY USA-PORTS/CHINA
A worker rides a bicycle past containers at a port in Shanghai December 13, 2006. Annual growth in Chinese industrial output picked up in November to 14.9 percent from 14.7 percent in October as factories geared up to meet buoyant export and domestic demand. The shift of U.S. manufacturing overseas to developing nations like China has resulted in soaring imports of consumer goods and congestion at West Coast ports in the U.S. The result is that four ports on the East Coast -- Portsmouth in Virginia, Charleston in South Carolina, Savannah in Georgia and Jacksonville -- are all expanding in anticipation that importers will need additional gateways into the U.S. market as long-term Chinese trade growth is expected. Picture taken December 13, 2006. FOR FEATURE STORY USA-PORTS/CHINA REUTERS/Aly Song/Files (CHINA)