WASHINGTON D.C. – National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) Senior Director for International Supply Chain Policy John Pickel today testified at a Senate Finance Committee Hearing on trade laws and supply chains.
During the hearing, John highlighted the importance of joint collaboration between the private sector and government to promote efficient, stable and compliant supply chains. His testimony included private sector recommendations to improve cooperation and ensure continued innovation in the following areas:
“The business community is the government’s best ally in ensuring that our supply chains are safe and resilient, that we are better prepared to face future global shocks, and that customs policies facilitate the success of American companies,” said Pickel. “A recent report found that reducing administrative burdens could save the U.S. $88 billion and could create just under 1 million jobs nationwide. That is where we need to focus.”
The hearing, titled ‘Ending Trade that Cheats American Workers By Modernizing Trade Laws and Enforcement, Fighting Forced Labor, Eliminating Counterfeits, and Leveling the Playing Field,’ also included testimony from Cindy Allen, Vice President For Regulatory Affairs And Compliance, FedEx Logistics; Andy Meserve, Local Union President 9423, United Steelworkers; Scott Nova,Executive Director, Worker Rights Consortium; and Brenda Smith, Global Director, Government Outreach, Expeditors International of Washington, Inc.