27 - 29 October 2020

Virtual Expo

TOC Americas Virtual unites the maritime supply chain to discuss next steps for North and Latin America

London, 29 September 2020 

Executives from Caribbean Shipping Association, COSCO, Maersk and ONE, senior port players from North and Latin America and key analysts including Datamar, Drewry, ECLAC and UNCTAD confirmed to speak at TOC Americas Virtual Conference and Expo this October 27-29 

The global Covid-19 pandemic has shone a very public spotlight on the vital role played by ports, shipping, land transport and logistics providers to keep world trade flowing and supply chains of all types functioning across borders. Nowhere more so than in the Americas, home to the world's largest economy and to major Latin trading nations who play a significant role especially in the global supply of food.

In recent months, Asia-US maritime traffic volumes have been trending upwards and a number of liner shipping companies have actually improved their financial performance during this time. This is crucial for ocean carriers to continue offering service. But demand growth has come with challenges for Asian exporters, with container shortages and rising freight rates. Meanwhile, Latin America is expected to see a steep contraction of up to 23% in international trade and logistics due to the pandemic, reports UN agency ECLAC.

So, how should the Americas maritime trade and supply chain community now plan to move forward during what the OECD describes as "a fragile, risky and uncertain" recovery in its latest September 2020 outlook? What can be done to bolster resilience to further shocks as the world attempts to exit from mass lockdown while witnessing fresh spikes in many regions? 

TOC Americas Virtual, originally scheduled to take place in Peru and now held online from 27-29 October, will analyse this year’s upheaval, explore the ‘next normal’ for maritime trade across the region and discuss steps to better absorb and adapt to future supply chain disruptions of all types. The accelerated adoption of digitalization and automation will be a key talking point. As usual, the event features conference, workshops and expo, plus online networking, exhibition visits and virtual port tours.

Attendees will hear from key executives across the Americas maritime supply chain, From the container shipping world, TOC Americas has so far confirmed Robbert van Trooijen, SVP & Head of Latin America & Caribbean at A.P. Moller – Maersk;  Howard Finkel, Executive Vice President, COSCO Container Lines; and Erik Alarcon, LAWC Operation Manager for ONE Ocean Network Express. From the ports and terminal sector, speakers include top executives from US port clusters including Long Beach, Savannah, Port Everglades and South Carolina together with international terminal operators including Terminal Investment Limited (TIL), part of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, with facilities across North, Central and South America as part of its global portfolio.

Completing the picture are leading analyst voices from private and public sector organizations including Datamar, Drewry, ECLAC and UNCTAD. Speaking from UNCTAD is Jan Hoffman, Chief - Logistics Branch, who says: “I’m very much looking forward to this first virtual TOC. The TOC Barcelona 1997 edition was my first major conference where I took part as a speaker and moderator. Seeing the progress made since then, I am optimistic that we will also manage the challenges that still lie ahead.”  
In his presentation, Jan will provide an update on shipping fleet deployment and port connectivity across Latin America and the Caribbean, including the latest trends from UNCTAD’s port and country Liner Shipping Connectivity Index (LCSI). He will analyse how ports across the region have been affected and are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a tailor-made update on recent UNCTAD publications including Navigating through the coronavirus crisis and uncertainty: How maritime transport data can help and Ports in the global liner shipping network: Understanding their position, connectivity, and changes over time

Running from 09:00-18:00 Lima time, key sessions at TOC Americas will cover the Maritime Trade Outlook, Liner Shipping Network Strategy, Accelerating Digitalization, Port Expansion, Investment & Infrastructure, Risk & Resilience, Bulk Shipping, Green Tech and Automation.

“TOC Americas Virtual Conference & Expo will provide our customers with a user experience quite unlike anything we have produced to date,” says Event Director Paul Holloway. ”The event will offer much more than just webinars, with a host of networking , exhibition, social and matchmaking options to  ensure participants get the most ROI on their time spent with us. As always at TOC, the quality of content and networking is fundamental and will be upheld despite the change of format.”

TOC Americas Virtual, 27-9 Oct 2020, Online
Visit www.tocevents-americas.com for more details

About TOC Worldwide
For over 40 years, TOC Worldwide has provided the market-leading conference and exhibition forums for the global port and terminal industries, their customers and suppliers. With the addition of the TOC Container Supply Chain conference alongside established coverage of port development, operations and technology, the TOC event portfolio has now evolved to attract a wider audience of container supply chain professionals. 

Taking place each year in the world’s key shipping hubs, including Europe, Middle East, Americas and Asia, and now also online, each TOC is a complete maritime supply chain event for its region, bringing together cargo owners, logistics providers, carriers, ports, terminals and other key stakeholders to learn, debate, network and foster new business solutions. 

TOC also provides a platform for port operations, technology and shipping professionals in the dry bulk sector to come together and advance best practice in bulk cargo handling and supply chain operations.

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