To provide Canada and US-based retailers, manufacturers, consumer products companies, energy, agribusiness firms and other beneficial cargo owners with timely, authoritative and actionable intelligence derived from data and real-world perspective pertaining to the major challenges they and their transportation and logistics providers face when moving freight within Canada, while also identifying solutions to these challenges that will help meet supply chain goals.
THEME: FINDING EFFICIENCIES AMID DISRUPTION?
Faster-than-expected Canadian economic growth, along with US shippers' growing use of Canada's port and surface network, is raising questions on where capacity is needed and how beneficial cargo owners can trim costs and mitigate risk. Container volumes through Canada's top four ports shrank 2.4 percent last year, but Statistics Canada reported fourth-quarter 2016 GDP growth of 2.6 percent, beating the consensus economist estimates of 2 percent, and far exceeding Bank of Canada's most recent forecast, in January, of 1.5 percent.
Solid exports of goods and services, strong household consumption and a brisk pace of residential construction and renovation drove the growth. Early 2017 indications point to sustained growth, with IHS Markit forecasting 2.3 percent growth for the full year. At the same time, e-commerce demand is forcing BCOs, especially importers, to ensure more reliability and flexibility in their networks, while they balance rising drayage, long-haul trucking, intermodal rail and warehousing costs. The challenges continue into the last-mile as the growth of urban areas, particularly in the Toronto-Hamilton area, make containerized delivery increasingly difficult.
In addition to these challenges, BCOs have to grapple with the stresses caused by more mega-ship calls, restructured alliances, the risk of another Hanjin Shipping-like collapse, and the new Trump administration's vow to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. These are just some of the issues BCOs and transportation providers face in Canada today and that the JOC Canada Trade Forum will address. In developing the event, the JOC editorial team of journalists will create a BCO-centric program from an unbiased perspective, while recruiting today's foremost thought leaders to examine, not only the challenges, but also potential solutions.
TOPICS TO BE EXPLORED:
- Data-Based Macroeconomic Outlook and its impact on Canada’s containerized importers and exporters
- How Canadian ports, marine terminals and carriers are measuring and benchmarking port productivity and fluidity via Transport Canada platforms, and how this data can be leveraged.
- What Ottawa’s proposed port privatization plan means for BCOs and marine terminals, and what supply chains stand to benefit and lose from Canada’s long-term $186 billion infrastructure plan.
- Supply chain flow and efficiency through Canadian ports. Where are the pain ports, and what’s being done about them? Is technology helping and, if not, why?
- Canada’s tightening coastal warehouse space: How can importers rework supply chains as the costs of space near major ports becomes costlier?
- E-commerce and the impact Amazon, Alibaba, eBay and other online shopping platforms are having on Canadian supply chains.