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Supply Chain Services
The lifeblood of the U.S. economy and critical to supporting U.S. global competitiveness.

Supply Chain Services

Supply chains are the lifeblood of the U.S. economy.

Transactions within global supply chains account for over 76 percent of world trade, and policies and practices that impact the configuration of supply chains can radically disrupt or redirect global trade patterns. The efficiency of U.S. supply chains is a critical factor supporting the global competitiveness of the U.S. economy as a whole. The integrity and security of these supply chains are also vital national security concerns. Emerging industry 4.0 technologies, including artificial intelligence, blockchain, and 3D printing, are radically changing the face of global supply chains, opening new and promising opportunities for U.S.-based manufacturing growth. 

Distribution services contributed $2.7 trillion to U.S. private sector GDP in 2017, representing 17.2 percent of GDP. These services also accounted for 21.1 percent of the private sector workforce, or 25 million full time employees. In addition, cross-border exports of distribution services totaled $49.4 billion, or 6.3 percent of all U.S. cross-border services exports. Top markets for U.S. cross-border distribution exports include the United Kingdom, Japan, and Germany. Logistics services represented 49.8 percent of total distribution services exports. 

The Office of Supply Chain, Professional and Business Services at ITA addresses policy and regulatory issues to ensure that U.S. supply chains are the most cost-effective, efficient, and secure in the world. 

Supply Chain News and Resources

Members of the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness and the International Trade Administration toured the Laredo airport’s Federal Inspection Station and met with U.S. and Mexican customs officials.
Blog: Innovative Customs Procedures in Laredo, Texas Accelerate U.S. Exports to Mexico
ITA's Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness (ACSCC) saw the Laredo Airport's streamlined customs procedures firsthand in November 2019, learning about key cross-border innovations. 
ACSCC members outside Kansas City Southern’s historic Southern Belle passenger train
Blog: Advisory Committee Witnesses Supply Chains at Work in Laredo
ITA's Advisory Committee received a firsthand look at supply chain competitiveness on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Contact Our Supply Chain Experts
ITA's Supply Chain team is ready to provide expertise and guidance on a host of supply chain issues, including rail, trucking, maritime, express delivery, and air services.
Past June ACSCC Meeting

Date: June 25, 2020

Location: Virtual meeting hosted by the International Trade Administration

Email the Designated Federal Officer for the ACSCC, Richard Boll, for more information.

Meeting Agenda

Upcoming October ACSCC Meeting

Date: October 22, 2020

Location: Virtual meeting hosted by the International Trade Administration

Email the Designated Federal Officer for the ACSCC, Richard Boll, to attend. 

Meeting Agenda

Upcoming January ACSCC Meeting

Date: January 2021 (day TBD)

Location: Virtual meeting hosted by the International Trade Administration

Email the Designated Federal Officer for the ACSCC, Richard Boll, to attend.