To provide major customers of international containerized shipping services — including retailers, manufacturers, consumer product firms and agribusiness companies — with an overall understanding of the potential solutions to the major challenges they and their ocean carrier, intermodal rail, trucking and logistics vendors face when shipping containerized products between Asia and North America.
THEME: CARVING NEW PATHS TO SUPPLY CHAIN EFFICIENCY
The trans-Pacific trade in 2015 was more challenging than any in recent memory. Shipper frustration with West Coast labor disruptions prompted record cargo diversions to East, Gulf Coast and Canadian ports. Carriers responded by launching six new all-water services to the East Coast. The unexpected surge in container volume resulted in port congestion at New York-New Jersey, Norfolk and Houston. Sensing a potential opportunity to permanently lock in gains from diversions, waterfront labor and management at East and Gulf Coast ports initiated negotiations in June to explore the possibility of a contract extension that would ensure labor peace through 2025.
These events have set the stage for an even more eventful 2016. The decade-long Panama Canal expansion project is scheduled for completion in April, just a month after TPM. Vessels capable of carrying 13,000 20-foot container units, more than twice the size of today’s Panamax-size ships, will be able to transit the canal on all-water services from Asia, offering trans-Pacific shippers greater capacity on alternative routes to traditional West Coast gateways.
But will East and Gulf Coast ports, which already are dealing with their own congestion issues and stressed inland infrastructure, be able to accommodate another surge in container volume? Will western railroads fight to preserve their lucrative market share from West Coast ports by improving service levels and pricing their intermodal services to interior destinations more aggressively? Will the militant leaders and membership of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union cooperate with employers to reclaim the market share West Coast ports have lost? What impact will automation that terminal operators on both coasts are introducing have on port efficiency and labor relations? As the U.S. recovery continues through 2016, will there be sufficient truck and rail capacity to efficiently move the increased container volume inland? Finally, underpinning all of these events will be the further cascading of mega-ships to trans-Pacific routes serving both coasts. Port productivity promises to be an even larger issue in 2016 than it’s been in recent years, and supply chain logistics will be even more complex.
With its unmatched record of presenting the most progressive-minded thought leaders working to resolve today’s toughest trans-Pacific supply chain challenges, TPM 2016 is the can’t-miss, must-attend event of the year.
TOPICS TO BE EXPLORED:
|• Ports and Port Congestion||• The ILWU a Year Later: Lessons Learned|
|• Longshore Labor||• Chassis Pools: Are They Working?|
|• Asia Trade||• The Panama Canal: What Does Its Expansion Mean?|
|• U.S. Exports||• Service Contracts: Negotiating Shippers’ Ideal Deal|
|• Automation/Technology||• Container Weights: Managing New Regulations|
|• Cool Cargoes||• Cargo Routing and Diversion: The Search for Service|
|• Intermodal Rail||• The Midwest Battleground: How Best to Get Your Cargo There|
|• Trucking||• Port Automation: Global Initiatives and Best Practices|
|• Workshops||• Harbor Trucking: The Drayage Industry’s Changing Model|
|• Shipper Case Studies||• Harbor Trucking: Securing Drayage Capacity|
|• Port Congestion: Creative Measures to Improve Efficiency|
|• Exports: Who, What and Where|
|• U.S.-Asia Shipping: Can It Be Profitable for Carriers?|
|• Shipper-Railroad Collaboration: Taking Costs Out of the Export Supply Chain|
|• The Cold Chain: Shipper Perspectives|
|• The Cold Chain of the Future: What Does It Look Like?|