To provide major users of container shipping services, including retailers, manufacturers, consumer product firms, agribusiness and energy companies, with an overall understanding of the major challenges and global environment that they and their logistics vendors face when moving containerized cargo in and out of Asia, within Asia and around the world.
THEME: MANAGING RISK IN AN EVOLVING ASIA
China’s role in world trade is evolving, with slowing export growth and rising domestic consumption contributing to what Chinese leaders have branded the “new normal.” As China moves to boost its trade connections with Europe to support rising domestic needs, huge investment is being channeled into infrastructure along these rail, road and ocean corridors, opening new routes and providing shippers with more intermodal options. Yet the major drivers of the containerized cargo business, first and foremost China, are experiencing sharp declines in growth. The slowing trade comes as container lines rush to deploy ultra-large container ships on the major east-west routes, cascading larger vessels into intra-Asia and placing landside infrastructure under greater stress. Delays and congestion are becoming common at ports across Asia, frustrating shippers and lengthening regional supply chains. For any company that depends on the container shipping system as a core element in its international supply chain, the next few years will pose a new and unpredictable set of challenges as pressure on the system builds. Crucial in this dialogue are the shippers themselves, describing the challenges as they see them, their pain points, avoidable costs, risk mitigation, sourcing strategies and how transportation figures into decision-making.
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