Greg Knowler

IHS Markit

Senior Editor, Europe, JOC, Maritime & Trade

Greg Knowler is a highly experienced editor and publisher with more than 20 years of experience with mainstream titles and business-to-business magazines. His journalism career began in 1989 as a reporter for a daily newspaper in Durban, South Africa, covering the news during the turbulent end of apartheid. In 2000, he moved to Hong Kong and spent two years at the South China Morning Post sports desk before joining Cargonews Asia, and then IHS Markit in 2013 to cover Asia within the Maritime & Trade division. After 17 years in Hong Kong, Knowler relocated to London in mid-2017 as senior Europe editor for the JOC. He covers the European shipping, air, and intermodal markets, speaks regularly to industry groups and chairs the programming committee for the JOC Container Trade Europe Conference.

Sessions With Greg Knowler

Tuesday, 2 March

  • 01:35pm - 02:05pm (EST) / 02/mar/2021 06:35 pm - 02/mar/2021 07:05 pm

    Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics

    Managing New Expectations in Shipper-Carrier-Forwarder Relationships

    What lessons have shippers and their forwarders learned from a chaotic 2020? Spot rates soared to record levels on many trade lanes as an unexpectedly strong rebound in demand caught the industry by surprise. Equipment shortages out of Asia quickly became critical, with carriers often seeking premium surcharges to secure capacity or equipment on top of contract or FAK rates. Aggressive repositioning of empties left backhaul shippers without containers, and port congestion lengthened ship delays. While carriers say the poor service levels are largely out of their control and have called for understanding from customers, there is deepening frustration among cargo owners at what they see as carrier opportunism. It is a tense environment as annual contract negotiations loom on the trans-Pacific. But what can Asia-North America shippers preparing for those contract talks learn from Asia-Europe shippers who have mostly completed their negotiations? How will the shipper-forwarder-carrier relationship play out over the next year, and what will the industry do differently going forward? Join Dominique von Orelli, executive vice president and global head of ocean freight at DHL Global Forwarding, for a frank appraisal of the issues facing the container supply chain.