Big shippers, 3PLs, transport execs meet at Hong Kong TOC March 13-15
MAJOR shippers, including top retail brands like Diageo, Esprit and Li & Fung, will join the biggest names in logistics, transport and ports operations to discuss the outlook for the Asian container trade at the TOC Container Supply Chain: Asia 2012 conference from March 13 to 15 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.
The three-day conference theme will be "Intra-Asia: the Road Ahead," which will provide opportunities to take stock of immediate and longer term prospects at a time of continued uncertainty in world markets, say organisers.

Senior figures from leading companies including Accenture, Agility, CMA CGM, Cosco Pacific, DP World, Hapag-Lloyd, Modern Terminals, Panalpina, UASC and others will share views with cargo owners on evolving supply chain and trade dynamics.

The event kicks off on March 12 with a tour of Shenzhen's Shekou Container Terminals and Quanhaiwan Free Trade Port Area given by China's largest public port operator, China Merchants Holding International.

The conference opens with keynote addresses from Hong Kong Transport Secretary Eva Cheng and Tommy Lui, executive vice president, hubbing and freight solutions for Li & Fung, to be followed by Mark McCalla, partner in infrastructure and transport services at Accenture.

Next comes a panel on "Asia - the Road Ahead" with Frank Hercksen, global head of ocean freight at Panalpina; Juan Manuel Gonzalez, managing director of the Asia region at Hapag-Lloyd; Lars Christiansen, vice president for Asia, United Arab Shipping Company and Lars Jensen, CEO of SeaIntel.

The panel will also explore the impact of manufacturing migration on container flows, vessel deployment and infrastructure. As production of textiles and apparel moves to inland China, ASEAN and India, how are logistics and transport providers responding?

Following the recent spate of new ocean carrier alliances, service offerings and ultra-large vessel announcements, developments on the Asia-Europe and transpacific trades will also be discussed.

Another panel will focus on south China and south Asia, dealing with the outlook for the Pearl River Delta (PRD). Panellists will include Ken Chan, deputy managing director at Cosco Pacific; Peter Levesque, CCO at Modern Terminals; Stephane Mazain, Asia vice president at CMA CGM and Simon Su, director and chief economist of BMT Asia Pacific.

Turning to south Asia, there will be a panel including Jonathan Beard, executive director, GHK; Parakrama Dissanayake, chairman and CEO of Aitken Spence Maritime; Anil Singh, vice president and managing director, DP World subcontinent and SN Srikanth, founder and senior partner at Hauer Associates. They will look at the changing container shipping landscape across the subcontinent.

Discussion continues on March 14 with sessions on intra-Asia shipping and regional container logistics hubs, shipper expectations and market delivery, including developments in ASEAN and the Greater Mekong.

"At this time of continued volatility, building robust relationships and a better understanding between all parties along the container supply chain has never been more important," said TOC events conference editorial director Rachael White. "TOC CSC: Asia 2012 provides a high-quality forum for government, cargo owners, logistics providers, liner shipping, ports and terminals, inland transport, finance and other key stakeholder groups to come together, debate the critical issues and shape the future for the Asian container trade."

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