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Taking place this year as an unmissable virtual conference and online networking event dedicated to the ports and terminals of the region, don’t miss TOC Americas Virtual Expo, taking place from 27-29 October 2020.
Uniting the maritime supply chain to discuss the next steps for North and Latin America following on from the major disruption caused by the pandemic, the event presents 10+ hours of bite size webinar content in a fully flexible format, allowing attendees to create their own customised agenda, as well as offering TOC’s renowned workshops and exhibition show floor, online networking and virtual port tours – all from the comfort of your home or office.
State of the Industry in the Americas – on the Road to Recovery?
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 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?
Presenting a Solutions-Packed Agenda:
TOC Americas Virtual Expo aims to address these questions and more, and will analyse this year’s upheaval, explore the ‘next normal’ for maritime trade across the region and discuss the steps to better absorb and adapt to future supply chain disruptions. The accelerated adoption of digitalization and automation will be a key talking point.
Attendees will hear from key executives across the Americas maritime supply chain – from the container shipping world, confirmed is 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.
Also featuring in an unmissable one-to-one conversation will be Ilya Espino de Marotta - Deputy Administrator at the Panama Canal, an organisation for whom many experts had feared would suffer heavily during the pandemic, but have instead defied expectations and are now hopeful of meeting budgetary expectations for 2020.
“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.”
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During these challenging times, join us online as we bring you the industry's leading voices first-hand from the comfort of your own home or office.