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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2017
74 ALC FORUM 2017 A Customer Perspective on National Supply Chains During this session, panellists explored the importance of developing an effective National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy for consumers – both domestically and for consumers of Australian goods overseas. The session’s chair was Hamish McCormick, First Assistant Secretary in the Office of Trade Negotiations at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He provided some context by setting out the contribution of recent trade agreements to economic growth – the $390 billion worth of exports recorded during 2016 were the highest in Australian history. If we wish to maintain growth, improvements in the efficiency of our supply chain will be critical. McCormick expressed disappointment in the decision of the new US Administration Hamish McCormick, Paul Graham, David Jochinke and Fiona Simson