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  • 25-26 May 2021 | #Breakbulk21
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Mark Szakonyi

IHS Markit

Executive Editor, JOC, Maritime & Trade

Mark Szakonyi leads the JOC editorial team, consisting of a global team of journalists and researchers covering the container shipping industry. His analysis and work have been quoted in general news media including the BBC, The Economist, PBS Nightly Business Report, NPR, Al Jazeera International, South China Morning Post, and USA Today. He speaks regularly at industry events and helps plan and moderate JOC events, leads JOC’s shipper roundtables, and chairs the JOC Canada Trade Conference. He has bachelor’s degrees in political science and English from Elmhurst College and a master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri.

SESSIONS WITH Mark Szakonyi

Tuesday, 25 May

  • 02:05pm - 02:20pm (EST) / 25/may/2021 06:05 pm - 25/may/2021 06:20 pm

    General Session

    Force Majeure in a Congested, Late-COVID Shipping Market

    The impacts of COVID-19 on the breakbulk supply chain have been extensive, snarling schedules and often dramatically increasing costs. Shippers are wondering what recourse they have when their logistics service providers claim COVID-related force majeure — and what recourse they may have with their own project clients when it comes to schedule slippage, sky-high freight rates, or congested ports. Liz Lowe, an international trade partner at maritime law specialist Venable LLP, will dig into the complexities of this critical issue as the COVID-19 pandemic begins to wane.

  • 03:20pm - 03:35pm (EST) / 25/may/2021 07:20 pm - 25/may/2021 07:35 pm

    General Session

    Tariffs and Sanctions Under the Biden Administration

    The Biden administration eventually may ease up on Section 232 steel tariffs and quotas, particularly those restricting trade with traditional US partners and allies, but there is little sign of easing when it comes to Section 301 tariffs and their effects on US-China trade. Navigating escalating trade sanctions requires ever more diligence on the part of US shippers and logistics service providers, while US Customs and Border Protection continues to closely scrutinize imports for potential antidumping and countervailing duties. Managing these risks greatly complicates project and breakbulk shipping. Kathy Canaan, global director of trade compliance for Fluor Corp., will discuss the twists and turns of managing tariffs and sanctions in 2021.