Jonathan Gold

National Retail Federation

Vice President, Supply Chain and Customs Policy

Jonathan Gold is vice president of supply chain and customs policy at the National Retail Federation. He is a primary spokesperson and is responsible for representing the retail industry before Congress and the administration on supply chain, international trade, product safety, and customs-related issues impacting the retail industry. While with the NRF, he has been a leading advocate of the value of trade and global value chains to the US economy. Prior to joining the NRF, Gold served as a policy analyst in the Office of Policy and Planning for US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). He also worked on implementation issues surrounding the SAFE Port Act and other issues within the agency. Before joining CBP, Gold spent nearly a decade with the Retail Industry Leaders Association holding several government relations positions including director and then vice president of international trade policy before being named vice president of global supply chain policy in January 2005. He currently serves on the Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness. He has previously served on the Department of Homeland Security’s Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) and on the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Advisory Committee on Distribution Services. Gold graduated from American University in Washington, DC, with a bachelor's in international business with a concentration in finance.

Sessions With Jonathan Gold

Tuesday, 1 March

  • 03:15pm - 04:00pm (EST) / 01/mar/2022 11:15 pm - 02/mar/2022 12:00 am

    West Coast Labor Talks: Preparing Your Supply Chain for Potential Disruption

    Contract negotiations between the International Longshore & Warehouse Union and waterfront employers on the West Coast will begin this spring at a time when the ports already are struggling to handle record cargo volumes. Naturally, shippers are concerned that if labor disruptions occur following the expiration of the current contract on July 1, West Coast ports could face total gridlock. That is what happened during the 2014-2015 coastwide contract negotiations. On the other hand, a scenario could develop similar to that in the 2008 negotiations, when a new contract was signed within weeks of the expiration of the previous contract. How are shippers managing their supply chains this year to protect themselves in the event of disruptions? With ships on all-water services from Asia to the East and Gulf coasts already fully booked, will importers with warehouses in those locations be able to secure capacity? Employers say that working closely with the ILWU in the dangerous COVID-19 environment the past two years has actually brought the two sides closer together, and some are encouraged that an agreement will be reached this summer. In this session, experts in retail and supply chain management will share their views about where we’re headed and how shippers should prepare.