Robert DeHaan Appointed to U.S. Trade Advisory Committee

DeHaan will serve a 4-year term advising USDA and USTR

July 17, 2020 Washington, DC – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today announced the appointment of Robert DeHaan to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee that covers trade in animal products. DeHaan is the Vice President for Government Affairs at the National Fisheries Institute.

Advisory committees provide advice to the Government on trade policy matters, including the operation of existing trade agreements and the negotiation of new ones.

“This is a great opportunity for the seafood community to have a seat at the table where trade decisions are made,” said DeHaan. “I’m thrilled to be able to bring our industry’s perspective and guidance to the people in charge of trade policy.”

Before joining NFI in 2011, DeHaan served as Special Counsel to the Deputy U.S. Trade Representative as well as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“Bob knows his way around government and trade. This appointment is tailor made for his assets,” said NFI President John Connelly. “We are pleased that those responsible for carrying out U.S. trade policy as it relates to such an important part of our economy will have him as a resource.”

DeHaan will serve on the Advisory Committee until 2024.


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