ImportGenius's CEO, Michael Kanko, testified in favor of Supply Chain Transparency for US air trade data at the United States Ways and Means Committee on Friday the 26th of May, 2023. At the hearing, he advised a panel of legislators to promote Supply Chain Transparency for US air trade the way that American customs currently handles maritime trade data, arguing that with better data transparency, we can save lives and hold businesses accountable for their actions across international borders.
The hearing was organized by the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, and Mr. Kanko was invited alongside four other business experts to provide their expert testimony on the topic of modernizing American customs policies. The committee was chiefly concerned with protecting American workers and supply chains from international interference and ensuring American businesses stay competitive in an increasingly cutthroat international trade environment.
Mr. Kanko discussed the importance of trade data transparency in both empowering American businesses and holding international firms accountable for their business in America, citing examples of drugs like Fentanyl that have historically been transported by air, as well as a spoiled, poisonous batch of cough syrup that ImportGenius was able to trace across international borders to an Indian manufacturer after several children in Uzbekhistan fell ill, forcing a recall of the entire batch before lives were lost.
ImportGenius continues to be a strong proponent of data transparency, and we are confident that with better transparency of commercial trade data the world will be a safer place for everyone.