Jan Hoffmann


Head, Trade Logistics Branch, Division on Technology and Logistics

Jan Hoffmann joined UNCTAD in 2003. Chief of the organization’s Trade Logistics since 2016, his Branch implements research and technical assistance programs in international transport and trade facilitation. Jan is co-author and coordinator of the “Review of Maritime Transport”, initiated the UNCTAD “Maritime Country Profiles”, and created the annual “Liner Shipping Connectivity Index”. Previously, he worked for six years for the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago de Chile, and two years with the IMO in London and Santiago. Prior to this, he held part-time positions as an assistant professor, import-export agent, consultant, and seafarer on an Antigua and Barbuda flagged tween decker. Jan has studied in Germany, UK, and Spain, and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Hamburg. He is a member of the boards of various journals and associations and past president of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME). 

Sessions With Jan Hoffmann

Monday, 27 February

  • 04:40pm - 05:25pm (PST) / 28/feb/2023 12:40 am - 28/feb/2023 01:25 am

    The Logistics Implications of Sourcing Shifts

    China’s market share of total U.S. containerized imports has been declining slowly for several years, and now hovers around 40 percent, as labor-intensive manufacturing has gravitated to lower-cost countries. But now a new and more elevated sense of risk over COVID-19 lockdowns and geopolitical uncertainties has led to growing urgency among companies to de-risk long-haul supply chains by turning to new sources of production, whether to Western Hemisphere countries or elsewhere in Asia. This session will examine this phenomenon and its implications for corporate supply chains based on original data and analysis.