Biden Nominates Katherine Tai as Next U.S. Trade Representative

Biden’s pick will be responsible for repairing economic ties with allies that were hurt as result of Trump’s trade wars, while fulfilling the president-elect’s campaign pledge to stay tough on China.

President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Katherine Tai to serve as the next United States Trade Representative. Tai is a veteran international trade expert who has spent her career working to level the playing field for American workers and families. If confirmed, she would be the first Asian American and first woman of color to serve in this position.

As a Politico report noted, Biden’s pick will be responsible for repairing economic ties with allies that were hurt as result of Trump’s trade wars, while fulfilling the president-elect’s campaign pledge to stay tough on China.

Tai currently serves as the chief lawyer on trade for the House Ways and Means Committee, and previously served in the Office of the United States Trade Representative as chief counsel for china trade enforcement.

Prior to her work for the House committee, Tai served in the USTR’s Office of the General Counsel, first as Associate General Counsel from 2007 to 2011 and then as Chief Counsel for China Trade Enforcement with responsibility for the development and litigation of U.S. disputes against China at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Before joining USTR, Tai worked in the international trade departments in various Washington, D.C. law firms. She is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, and is fluent in Mandarin.

According to the Biden transition team, Tai’s deep experience will help the Biden-Harris administration to hit the ground running on trade, and harness the power of our trading relationships to help the U.S. dig out of the COVID-induced economic crisis and pursue the President-elect’s vision of a pro-American worker trade strategy.

“Her deep experience will allow the Biden-Harris administration to hit the ground running on trade, and harness the power of our trading relationships to help the U.S. dig out of the COVID-induced economic crisis and pursue the President-elect’s vision of a pro-American worker trade strategy,” noted a prepared statement from the Biden transition team.

If confirmed, Tai will succeed Robert Lighthizer, whose has overseen a hard line in terms of U.S. trade policy with China.

New Report On COVID-19 Impact on Supply Chains

“Businesses, consumers and supply chains will be forever changed by this global pandemic.”

MHI’s report, “Transformation Age: Shaping Your Future,” provides insights into key trends and technologies that will impact the success of supply chains over the next 20 years.

Because the trends covered in the report have been so deeply impacted by COVID-19, a special section focusing on the pandemic and its long- and short-term impacts on supply chain and logistics operations has been included.

The report predicts the acceleration of digital and automated supply chain solutions due to COVID-19. These solutions provide the visibility, flexibility, agility and social distancing answers that firms will need to succeed in a post-COVID world. These tools are as wide ranging as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, robotics, edge computing and drones and are expected to shift early-stage promises to step-change value propositions.

In addition to accelerated technology investments, the report predicts that some organizations will choose to embrace a more regional-local sourcing, manufacturing, and delivery approach — or “nearshoring.” Others will be looking to diversify their supplier base. Still others will seek greater balance in inventory management, blending “just-in-time” with “just-in-case.”

“Businesses, consumers and supply chains will be forever changed by this global pandemic,” says John Paxton, COO of MHI. “The organizations that accelerate the implementation of digital, next generation technologies and solutions and take a hard look at material and product sourcing are the ones that will be best positioned for future success because they will be the ones that can quickly respond and adjust to supply chain disruptions.”

The report provides information and insights meant to spark thought and discussion about key factors that are expected to drive, fuel and impact various aspects of life and industry in the coming decade and beyond. It also recommends how leaders can respond to keep their companies thriving and profitable.

“I believe strategic leadership as well as the people at the operational level will have considerable interest in this information, as they’re the ones who will ultimately be facing the challenges of serving customers in light of these dynamic market forces,” says George W. Prest, CEO of MHI. “It is very important for them to understand what’s coming, how fast it’s coming and how those forces will impact their supply chains.”

“Transformation Age” covers a wide range of topics, including anticipated advances in smart technologies and digital decisioning tools, market influencers, global factors, ways workplace changes and new consumer expectations will revolutionize industries, and even how the new space economy will become a topic of growing importance over the coming decades.

To access the report and learn more about the changes to come, visit mhi.org/transformationage