On March 7, 2024, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published a Federal Register notice seeking public comments to help develop trade and investment policy initiatives aimed at making supply chains more resilient.

The USTR is interested in responses to one or more of the twelve questions outlined in the Federal Register notice.  These questions cover a broad range of topics, including ways to support domestic manufacturing, prevent offshoring, enhance coordination on labor and environmental standards, and develop sector-specific resilience strategies.  Comments are also sought on policy tools that could enhance resilience in sectors like aerospace, agriculture, automobiles, call centers, critical minerals, metals, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, renewable energy, and textiles.  The process aims to gather diverse viewpoints to build a more resilient and inclusive trade environment that benefits all interested parties. 

To gather insights and proposals, the USTR has opened the window for written comments until April 22, 2024, with plans to host a public hearing on May 2, 2024 (requests to testify at the hearing are due by April 12, 2024). 

This is an opportunity for interested individuals and organizations to share their views and suggestions on enhancing supply chain resilience across various sectors.

The USTR’s press release on this process is available here.