Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!


Trade agreements play major role in industry objectives

By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
February 14, 2014

When Retail Industry Leader Association (RILA) President Sandy Kennedy spoke with LM recently, she emphasized that her organization will continue to urge Congress to grant Trade Promotion Authority so that we can move forward with important trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Trade in Services Agreement, and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

In addition, RILA is committed to working with Congress to renew other important trade programs, such as the General System of Preferences program that expired at the end of 2013, and the tariff preference levels for Nicaragua, which expires at the end of 2014.

Other pieces of RILA 2014 Public Policy priorities include:
• E-Fairness: Level the playing field for Main Street retailers, empower states to enforce existing tax laws through federal legislation
• Tax Reform: Pass comprehensive tax reform that lowers rates, broadens the base and treats all industries and businesses equally
• Health Care: Protect retailers ability to provide quality, affordable coverage that is customized to meet the needs of retail employees
• Privacy & Cybersecurity: Strengthen cybersecurity and consumer privacy with voluntary efforts and federal legislation that recognizes the need for flexibility and continued innovation
• Labor: Stop job-killing regulations that threaten the unique aspects of the employer-employee relationship in the retail industry
• Swipe Fee Reform: Pursue reforms to promote transparency, innovation and competition in the electronic payments market

Supply chain managers can learn more about RILA’s trade agenda by attending the group’s annual meeting in San Diego later this month. Meanwhile, stay tuned. RILA is not likely to remain silent if trade agreements hit pockets of resistance in Washington.

About the Author

image
Patrick Burnson
Executive Editor

Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

Congested U.S. port terminals, harbor and over-the-road truck and driver shortages, slower trains and longer rail terminal dwell times due to increased domestic rates have not only disrupted service but also driven intermodal rates and cargo handling costs up sharply.

Southern California shippers are getting a break on container dwell expenses for the next ten days as the Port of Long Beach announced that it had added an extra three days to the time that overseas import containers can remain on the docks without charge.

The long-simmering court battle over whether FedEx Ground’s workers are independent contractors or employees appears headed to the appellate courts—and maybe the U.S. Supreme Court.

Carload volume headed up 4.3 percent to 298,376, and intermodal units, at 273,376 containers and trailers were up 4.8 percent annually.

In light on various service-related freight railroad service issues, the Department of Transportation’s Surface Transportation Board (STB) recently announced it is now requiring Class I railroads to publicly file weekly data reports on service performance. These weekly reports are slated to begin on October 22.

Article Topics

News · Trade · All topics

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.


© Copyright 2013 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA