October 18, 2012

U.S. government forms supply chain "advisory committee" to support competitiveness of U.S. exporters

Group to work with multiple federal agencies in effort

By Mark B. Solomon

The Commerce Department said it has formed a supply chain "advisory committee" that will counsel the federal government on the role that freight transportation and logistics can play in helping U.S. businesses increase their exports.

The committee will be comprised of 40 senior-level private-sector executives representing multiple industries as well as supply chain experts appointed by the Commerce Secretary. The committee will work with multiple federal agencies—including the Department of Transportation—on supply chain issues that affect the international competitiveness of U.S. businesses. The first meeting will be held tomorrow at Commerce headquarters in Washington.

"The Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness will provide crucial input on issues related to national freight infrastructure and policies so that we can best support millions of U.S. businesses export goods, compete domestically and globally, and support American jobs," said Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank in a statement.

The committee will act as a liaison between industry and government to ensure regular contact with manufacturers, distributors, and exporters, Commerce said. The committee's input will be incorporated in efforts to develop a national freight policy and to consummate the President's National Export Initiative, which aims to double U.S. exports by value by the end of 2014, the agency said.

Rick Blasgen, president and CEO of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, will serve on the committee. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will serve as nonvoting members.

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