The U.S. Chamber of Commerce this year plans to develop recommendations for improving U.S. companies' connectivity to the global supply chain and push for a tariff-free zone between the United States and the European Union.
Those were among the key developments in the annual "State of American Business" speech in which Chamber President Thomas Donahue outlined the business federation's 2011 policy goals, many of which follow familiar themes of restraining regulatory activity, expanding U.S. trade, rebuilding physical and intellectual infrastructure and reducing the national debt.
Donahue said the chamber has selected Jack Potter, who retired last year as postmaster general of the United States, to develop public policy recommendations for improving the physical infrastructure, information technology and regulatory conditions that allow for the smooth and secure movement of goods and information around the world. Potter will consult with logistics firms and trade experts during the project.
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