October 09 - 11, 2018
Shenzhen, China

Wednesday, October 10, 2018



7:00 AM — 6:00 PM


Location: Hotel Lobby

 Sponsored By


7:30 — 8:30 AM

 Welcome Coffee and Tea

Location: Espana Ballroom Foyer


8:30 — 9:00 AM

Welcome Remarks

Location: Espana Ballroom I

Chris Brooks
Executive Editor,
The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events,
Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit


Peter Tirschwell
Senior Director Content,
Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

9:00 — 9:45 AM

Keynote Address

Location: Espana Ballroom I

— Keynote Speaker —
Tan Chong Meng
Group CEO,
PSA International

9:45 — 11:00 AM

The Economic and Containerized Shipping Outlook:
Where Are We Headed?

Location: Espana Ballroom I

— Panelists —
Rajiv Biswas
Executive Director and
Asia-Pacific Chief Economist
IHS Markit


Lance Noble
Senior Thematic Policy Analyst,
Gevekal Dragonomics

11:00 — 11:30 AM

 Networking Break

Location: Espana Ballroom Foyer


11:30 AM — 12:30 PM

View From the Top:
A Discussion With Industry Leaders

Location: Espana Ballroom I

— Panelists —
Thomas Knudsen
Toll Global Forwarding


Gerry Yim
Managing Director,
Hongkong International Terminals

12:30 — 1:30 PM

 Networking Lunch

Location: Espana Ballroom II and Barcelona


1:30 — 2:30 PM

Analyzing the Changing Dynamics of the World's Largest Container Shipping Trade

Location: Espana Ballroom I

— Panelist —
Ben Simpfendorfer
CEO and Founder,
Silk Road Associates

2:30 — 3:30 PM

The Indian Subcontinent and Beyond:
A View of the South Asia Market

Location: Espana Ballroom I

— Panelist —
Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake
Sri Lanka Ports Authority

3:30 — 4:00 PM

 Networking Reception

Location: Espana Ballroom Foyer


4:00 — 5:00 PM

Asia-Europe Rail: What Rapid Growth and Increasing Congestion Means for BCOs

Location: Espana Ballroom I

It’s s a critical time for the China-Europe rail landbridge. Rapid growth is starting to expose infrastructure shortcomings that are undermining transit time and reliability advantages for BCOs. A total of 6,300 eastbound and westbound block trains traveled between the two continents in the seven years through 2017, with 3,200 trains moving last year alone, according to official Chinese statistics. This growth is continuing in 2018 as second- and third-tier Chinese cities compete to send more trains and reap the associated benefits under policies related to the central government’s Belt and Road initiative. Operators expect between 4,000 and 4,500 trains to travel eastbound and westbound this year, or 20 to 40 percent more than 2017. But with more than 95 percent of all trains on the service still beginning or ending in Germany, border stations on the primary rail corridor into Europe are growing increasingly congested. The result is an increase in average transit times. A shipment from Chongqing city in central/western China to Duisburg, Germany, that took only 11 days three years ago now takes an average of 17. If transit times continue to slide and reliability continues to decline, growth levels almost certainly will drop as BCOs stick with or switch back to shipping by ocean or even air. This panel will analyze growth levels on the landbridge, including which commodities and types of shippers it benefits the most. It will look at the problem areas and service risks and outline what’s needed to resolve them and provide an outlook for the services in terms of infrastructure, service quality, pricing for BCOs, and the eventual elimination of government subsidies.

— Panelists —
David Smrkovsky
Head of Rail Logistics,


Andre Wheeler
Wheeler Management Consulting

5:00 — 5:30 PM

TPM Asia Accelerator:
Clearing the Air in China — an Environmental Impact Study

Location: Espana Ballroom I

— Featured Speaker
Julia Coym
Senior Analyst,
Control Risks

5:30 — 7:00 PM

 Networking Reception

Location: La Parrila, Level G


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