Trade policy—it’s a topic that has moved front and center over the past months with the changing administration in the United States. We’re hearing lots of questions about what changes might be on the horizon for global trade and how to consider what might be next. Let’s dig in and discuss some of the top trade related issues.
In January, I attended the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. with Jason Craig, C.H. Robinson’s director of government affairs. While a variety of issues were discussed, the hottest topic across transportation policy professionals was new technology that could dramatically shape the future of logistics: autonomous vehicles (AV) and their potential implications on society and transportation. Three themes seem to be emerging around AV in freight transportation:
Will the IoT Revolution Force Government to Embrace Silo-Busting?
The Internet of Things (IoT) is triggering changes that cross corporate silos and force companies to look holistically at their end-to-end supply chain practices—can governments do the same?
I recently had the privilege to provide a testimony before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security, on how the IoT impacts supply chains, logistics, and the movement of goods. The purpose of the hearing was around the DIGIT Act that creates a working group tasked with providing recommendations that focus on how to plan for and encourage the growth of the IoT.
While autonomous vehicles may seem like a futuristic fairy tale to some, these technological game-changers may be closer to reality than you think. Recently, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will issue guidelines for driverless cars by the middle of this summer. The announcement appears to bring autonomous vehicles closer to certainty, but will the introduction of self-driving cars—and by extension, autonomous trucks—match the pace at which the technology is developing?
Most congressional watchers are predicting that the federal government will shut down for at least a short period of time before the end of the year. Whether this is a result of the federal budget that needs to be authorized or raising the federal debt ceiling, the political dynamics that caused the 2013 government shutdown remain largely the same.