Bruce Harsh


Bruce Harsh
Director, Distribution and Supply Chain U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration


Mr. Harsh brings more than 30 years of international trade experience to helping firms expand internationally and in resolving movement of goods and services issues that pertain to physical flows of e-commerce, air, sea, rail, and highway transportation modes. As the Director of the Supply Chain Team, he manages a broad portfolio of services and several advisory committees, including the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness. He and his team has an extensive understanding of numerous dynamics relating to issues about IT systems, retail, security, infrastructure, licensing, and sustainability.

Mr. Harsh developed and led trade missions throughout the world, including Commerce’s first-ever retailing and franchising trade mission to China and direct marketing mission to Europe. He represented the Department of Commerce at various trade negotiations, including: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement; U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement; Dominican Republic-Central America-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR); U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement; as well as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum, and World Trade Organization Working Group meetings.

He has received numerous awards from the Department, including its Gold Medal award, for his work on reducing trade restrictions in distribution services. Mr. Harsh worked for a Fortune 100 company prior to joining the Department of Commerce. He majored in Economics and Political Science at the University of Richmond and received a master’s degree in International Transactions from George Mason University.