October 10 - 12, 2017
Shenzhen, China



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.

Tuesday, October 11

Wednesday, October 12

Thursday, October 13

Printable Agenda


When it comes to Asia-related supply chains, change may not be a new thing, but the world’s most dynamic economic region is again surpassing itself with the depth and variety of issues. China’s slowing economy; the growth of manufacturing in Southeast Asia; consolidation; overcapacity and increasingly aggressive competition in container shipping; and the SOLAS container weight verification mandate and other regulatory challenges are just some of the big trends impacting Asia-linked supply chains that, for now, are generating more questions than answers. They also offer shippers and their service providers the chance to differentiate themselves as leaders by capitalizing on opportunities and uncovering new solutions.

To what extent is the much-discussed shift in manufacturing from China to Southeast Asia impacting supply chains? What does China’s huge overseas investment in ports and other infrastructure tell us about the nation’s response to its slowing domestic economy? How will regulatory challenges, the restructuring of vessel-sharing alliances, industry consolidation, overcapacity and the aggressive pursuit of market share on the part of carriers and terminals impact shippers and their supply chains? Which ports and terminals will be winners and losers in the reformed supply chain landscape? How are new manufacturing and distribution systems such as e-commerce impacting regional and global supply chain patterns and practices?

Now in its 10th year, TPM Asia has been the region’s leading supply chain conference, providing cutting-edge discussion about trends, issues and ideas from the best and brightest shipper, carrier, 3PL and analytical professionals. When TPM Asia returns to Shenzhen on Oct. 11-13, a select group of such speakers will take to the stage to discuss these issues, opportunities and challenges in Asia-related supply chain operations.



• What is the outlook for container shipping supply-demand, carrier financials and freight rates in late 2016 and early 2017?


• Three months after the IMO rule took effect, how are beneficial cargo owners, carriers and terminal operators dealing with the impact? What lessons have they learned?


• With the latest wave of consolidation complete, how is the vessel-sharing alliance structure changing and what impact will it have on services in the coming year? How are beneficial cargo owners working with their transportation providers to ensure — or improve — service quality?


• With the new, larger Panama Canal locks fully operational, how are shippers and carriers adjusting their trans-Pacific service networks? What benefits are BCOs finding?


• How are supply chain interests adjusting to a new normal in China that includes a slower-growing economy and a more domestic-focused public trade policy? Is there a “next China” in India, Vietnam or elsewhere, and how long will it take to develop?


• How is the surge in e-commerce, especially across Chinese borders, impacting supply chains and container shipping? What are supply chain service providers doing to support and develop the e-commerce sector.


• What impact is the ASEAN Economic Community and its tariff-busting feature having on intra-Asia trade, and how are supply chain interests adjusting to a Southeast Asia trade agreement composed of 10 countries with a combined GDP of nearly $3 trillion and annual trade of more than $2.5 trillion?