Rahul Kapoor

IHS Markit

Maritime & Trade Global Head of Commodity Analytics & Research

Rahul Kapoor is the Maritime & Trade Global Head of Commodity Analytics & Research for IHS Markit and is based in Singapore. Rahul Kapoor leads an integrated commodity analytics product management, data science and research team. As a business head, he is responsible for driving new product growth for our analytics products Commodities at Sea and Freight Analytics. A subject matter expert in the maritime industry and financial markets, Mr. Kapoor is a thought leader with proven credentials in market analysis forecasting, shipping economics and commodity market developments. He is a regular speaker at major conferences and client events globally, and is frequently interviewed by both print and visual media. Most recently, he was at Bloomberg Intelligence and earlier headed Drewry Financial Research Services Ltd. He has also worked as senior equities analyst at RS Platou Markets and Nomura. Mr. Kapoor holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering from BITS, Pilani and a Postgraduate in Management from IMI, New Delhi, India.

Sessions With Rahul Kapoor

Monday, 1 March

  • 01:30pm - 02:15pm (EST) / 01/mar/2021 06:30 pm - 01/mar/2021 07:15 pm

    Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics

    Trans-Pacific 2021: Redefining the Future

    Amid the wild and unanticipated swing from plummeting Asia imports to record volumes that pushed the annual peak season into the final days of the year, one thing on the eastbound trans-Pacific has stayed consistent: carriers’ control over capacity and the pricing power that’s resulted. Importers aren’t alone in struggling to get space for record e-commerce demand. Exporters also are finding it harder to get space as the widening spread between inbound and outbound rates spurred carriers to prioritize higher-paying imports. The questions now are less about whether carriers will exercise capacity control but to what extent and whether the import growth will lose steam gradually or rapidly. For US exporters, the difference in the spot costs of inbound and outbound shipping has never been a better predictor of the service levels. And with the Biden administration signaling a more focused approach to trade talks with China, there’s the external wildcard of a potential easing of tariffs on exporters and importers alike. Within the industry, there are also promising signs in terms of new expedited and premium services. But carriers will have to show broader improvements in reliability on the water and to a lesser degree on the ground, or risk a shipper and even regulatory backlash. Among the takeaways you can expect from this critical TPM21 session are:

    • How much capacity is trans-Pacific carriers adding and how does that match up with growth forecasts?

    • What major challenges do carriers, shippers, and forwarders face in 2021?

    • What have been the service challenges and causes, and will they recede or worsen in 2021?

    • What are the risks if carriers don’t improve service, and in what areas are they making inroads on service improvement?