Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Vice President of International Business and General Counsel Craig Kirby has been appointed to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC) on Consumer Goods. According to a press release, the ITAC is an arm of the International Trade Administration, a government agency devoted to strengthening U.S. industries through trade, investments and support for the National Export Initiative.
Kirby will represent the recreational vehicle industry as part of a committee dedicated to promoting U.S. trade and exports. The committee itself provides nonpartisan industry input toward positions on trade agreements. It supports the administration through detailed policy and technical advice, information and recommendations regarding trade barriers, negotiation of trade agreements and implementation of existing trade agreements affecting industry sectors.
The ITAC meets approximately six times per year in Washington, D.C. Committee members, all of whom come from the private sector, serve in a representative capacity presenting the views and interests of their respective industry sectors.
With the RV industry becoming more global in nature, RVIA has increased efforts to assist members interested in exploring opportunities in emerging markets such as China, Japan, Russia and Brazil. The association recently entered into a partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service to create a formalized program that allows members greater access to international trade resources offered by the federal government. Interested RV industry members can visit www.export.gov/rvia to learn more about how this program can benefit their efforts.
“It is an honor to be selected to serve on the ITAC as a representative of the RV industry,” said Kirby. “The growing interest in RV travel and camping throughout the world offers a tremendous opportunity for our manufacturer and component parts suppliers to expand into new markets, helping them grow their businesses during the economic recovery.”