The U.S. Department of Commerce 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 comprise 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 several federal agencies, including the Department of Transportation, on supply chain issues that affect the international competitiveness of U.S. businesses.
"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 to 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. The committee's input will be incorporated in efforts to develop a national freight policy and to support President Barack Obama'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 be among those serving on the committee. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will serve as nonvoting members.