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TPM Asia Conference, Oct. 16-17, 2013, Shenzhen, China

Conference Description:
Over the course of the two day conference program, TPM Asia presents a series of in-depth sessions with top-level speakers focusing on container trade and logistics in the Europe-Asia, Trans-Pacific, and Intra-Asia markets, from an Asian perspective. This conference will address these issues head-on, with keynote speakers, roundtable discussions and formal presentations. The objective is to give shippers, carriers, 3PLs, terminals and other industry professionals a detailed briefing on a range of urgent issues affecting container shipping and logistics in Asia.

Confirmed Speakers, Panelists and Moderators:
The following people have confirmed that they will participate in the conference program.

  • Bronson Hsieh, Vice Group Chairman , Evergreen Group
  • Max Liu, International Logistics and Trade Director, Alibaba
  • Stephen Schueler, Chief Commercial Officer, Maersk Liner Business
  • Mr. Zhang Wen, Vice Mayor, Shenzhen Municipality
  • Tan Hua Joo, Executive Consultant, Alphaliner
  • Rod Riseborough, CEO, Container Trades Statistics Ltd.
  • Dr. Jonathan Beard, Managing Director GHK (Hong Kong) Ltd & Vice President ICF International
  • Mark Millar, Managing Partner, M Power Associates
  • Neil Dekker, Head of Research, Containers, Drewry Shipping Consultants
  • Simon Heaney, Consultant, Carrier Performance Monitoring, Drewry Shipping Consultants
  • Bryn Heimbeck, CEO, Trade Tech
  • Sunny Ho, Executive Director, Hong Kong Shippers’ Council
  • Erik Fransson, Logistics Manager, Ekman & Co
  • Zhang Ye, President, Shanghai Shipping Exchange
  • Cas Pouderoyen, Senior Vice President, Global Ocean Freight, Agility
  • Steen Knudsen, Regional COO Asia Pacific, APM Terminals
  • Joseph Frank, Vice President, Asia, FedEx Trade Networks
  • David Lai, Logistics Program Manager, GE Power & Water
  • Eric Xiang, Director - Asia, Armstrong & Associates, Inc.
  • James Wemyss, International Sales and Account Manager Clean andEfficient Packaging Department, Pacific Millennium Packaging
  • Gerry Yim, CEO, HPH Trust & Managing Director, HIT
  • Tatiana Serova, Commercial Director and co-founder, A.R.T. Logistics
  • Peter Tirschwell, Chief Content Officer / EVP, JOC Group Inc.
  • Mario Moreno, Economist, JOC Group Inc.
  • Mark Szakonyi, Associate Editor, Journal of Commerce, JOC Group Inc.
  • Annie Zhu, Asia Editor, Journal of Commerce, JOC Group Inc.
  • Gavin Carter, Chief Executive Officer, JOC Group Inc.

Wednesday , October 16, 2013

7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Registration

8:30 - 9:00 AM
Welcoming Remarks

Presentation of 2012 JOC Port Productivity Top Worldwide Terminal Award

Speakers:
Peter Tirschwell, Chief Content Officer & Executive Vice President, JOC Group Inc.
Gavin Carter, Chief Executive Officer, JOC Group Inc.
Mr. Zhang Wen, Vice Mayor, Shenzhen Municipality

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Keynote Address

Sponsored By:


Bronson Hsieh, Vice Group Chairman , Evergreen Group

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Panel Discussion: The supply, demand and freight rate picture headed into the winter slack season and 2014 beyond
Carriers headed into the summer of 2013 facing severe headwinds on the major east-west trade lanes. The carriers were preparing to rally around a major July 1 GRI but skepticism abounded as to its chances for success amid limited capacity reductions. How will the market play out during the 2013 peak season, and how much of a peak season will there in fact be this year? As of early June, the SCFI to Northern Europe had slumped to below $600 per TEU, losing value each week for three months, and was 65 percent below year-earlier levels and was less than half the $1,218 level at the end of 2012, according to JOC analysis of the data. In the eastbound trans-Pacific, the rate levels aren’t as weak but the trends aren’t promising for the carriers. The Shanghai-West Coast SCFI spot rate was down 13.6 percent year-over-year and nearly 10 percent below the level seen at the beginning of 2013.This panel will present independent analysts discussing the supply and demand and pricing picture headed into the slack season.

Moderator:
Peter Tirschwell, Chief Content Officer & Executive Vice President, JOC Group Inc.

Panelists:

Rod Riseborough, CEO, Container Trades Statistics Ltd.
Neil Dekker, Head of Research, Containers, Drewry Shipping Consultants
Tan Hua Joo, Executive Consultant, Alphaliner

10:45 - 11:15 AM
Coffee Break

11:15 - 11:45 AM
Presentation: Why alliances matter and how they benefit shippers
The Chief Commercial Officer of Maersk, the world’s largest container line and partner in the recently announced P3 mega-alliance, will offer perspectives on alliances drawn from his experiences at Microsoft where he was head of global retail sales and marketing before joining Maersk in June of this year, and prior to that at Procter & Gamble where he spent 20 years in a variety of roles culminating as head of global retail operations

Introduced by: Patrick Lam, Managing Director, Yantian International Container Terminals (YICT)

Speaker:
Stephen Schueler, Chief Commercial Officer, Maersk Line

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
Panel Discussion: Alliances take Center Stage
Maersk, MSC and CMA-CGM took the container world by storm on June 18 in announcing their P3 alliance covering the major East-West trades with 255 ships operated over 29 loops. This followed the formation in late 2011 of the G6 alliance. Though the agreement is subject to regulatory approval, the message is clear: if carriers for various reasons won't merge in the face of billions in losses following the financial crisis and years of virtually nonexistent profits, the keys to stability are alliances. While sometimes accused of making carrier services indistinguishable, in reality the durability of alliances over many years points to the huge operating benefits they bring to carriers in allowing them to offer broader port coverage to customers and to coordinate terminal use and even vessel ordering. In this latter sense, alliances are seen a moderating factor in the introduction of new tonnage. This session will discuss all aspects of this very timely topic.

Moderator:
Peter Tirschwell, Chief Content Officer & Executive Vice President, JOC Group Inc.

Panelists:
Stephen Schueler, Chief Commercial Officer, Maersk Line
Erik Fransson, Logistics Manager, Ekman & Co
Alan Murphy, COO & Partner, SeaIntel Maritime Analysis

12:30 - 2:00 PM
Lunch

2:00 - 2:30 PM
Presentation: BCO/Shipper Keynote 

Sponsored By:


As much as the invention of the container paved the way for the eruption in global trade, e-commerce is revolutionizing it, especially for small andmedium-sized enterprises. In China alone last year, smaller exporters generated $240 billion in exports, 10 percent of which moved through business-to-business e-commerce giant Alibaba. China’s domestic e-commerce is growing even more rapidly — it’s now the world’s second-largest e-tail market, with estimates as high as $166 billion for online sellers Taobao and Tmall in 2012. The rapid growth poses challenges — and opportunities — for logistics providers looking to take advantage of a rapidly growing consumer market. Max Liu, Alibaba’s international logistics and trade director, will analyze trends in China e-tailing and how it’s changing Chinese supply chains.

Introduced by: Tatiana Serova, Commercial Director, A.R.T. Logistics

Speaker:
Max Liu, International Logistics and Trade Director, Alibaba


2:30 - 3:15 PM
Presentation & Audience Discussion: The dual instability of rates and services in container shipping
A growing prevalence of cancelled sailings (150 in the Nov, 2012-Feb. 2013 timeframe, according to Drewry) make scheduled liner services unpredictable and the deluge of general rate increases and contract amendments make a mockery of contracts if you are an NVOCC and a nuisance if you are a spot market shipper. From the carrier point of view cancelled sailings are a way to manage capacity in a more fluid way versus withdrawing full strings and idling idling. Drewry has studied the studied extensively the growing trend of cancelled sailings and will present an analysis of this topic, followed by discussion with the audience.

Introduced by: Sky H.K. Huang, General Manager of Business Development Dept., Shekou Container Terminals Ltd.

Speaker:
Simon Heaney, Consultant, Carrier Performance Monitoring, Drewry Shipping Consultants

3:15 - 3:45 PM
Coffee Break

3:45 - 5:00 PM
Panel Discussion: Port Productivity
When berth productivity and other core metrics at marine terminals improve, the beneficiaries are numerous. Shippers see faster movement of their cargo through ports which can be a chronic bottleneck. Carriers see faster turnaround of their ships, expanding opportunities for slow-steaming and resulting fuel savings. Terminals free up capacity for more ships and cargo. But productivity improvements aren't easily achieved, requiring commitment and stamina from all involved. This panel will discuss the current state of play in productivity and what is being done to enhance it regionally and globally.

Moderator:
Peter Tirschwell, Chief Content Officer & Executive Vice President, JOC Group Inc.

Panelists:
Steen Knudsen, Regional COO Asia Pacific, APM Terminals
Gerry Yim, CEO, HPH Trust & Managing Director, HIT

5:00 - 7:00 PM
Networking Reception
Location: The Galleon, Intercontinental Hotel, Shenzhen
Sponsored By:



Thursday, October 17, 2013

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Registration

8:45 - 9:00 AM
Opening Remarks
Peter TirschwellChief Content Officer & Executive Vice President, JOC Group Inc.

9:00 - 9:30 AM
Presentation: An overview of the China Container Shipping Landscape
In addition to developing the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index, the leading spot market indices globally, the Shanghai Shipping Exchange sits at the crossroads of many current developments involving container shipping in China. Its president Zhang Ye, is a recognized expert and leader in the industry and will provide a comprehensive overview including continuing efforts by Beijing to regulate container shipping rates to avoid cutthroat discounting and create balance and sustainability in what is by far the world's largest container shipping market.

Introduced by: Benjamin Lai, Chief Executive Officer, Da Chan Bay Terminal One

Spreaker:
Zhang Ye, President, Shanghai Shipping Exchange


9:30 - 10:45 AM
Panel Discussion: The Competitive Balance of China Ports
The competitive balance of China ports reflecting underlying trade flows is changing. Hong Kong suffered a temporary blow with the 40-day dockworker strike this spring while ports elsewhere in China such as Dalian, with TEUs up nearly 25% year to date through June, are surging. At the same time, growth is slowing due to economic woes in China's main export markets while imports into China are impacted by China's economic slowdown. Who is winning and losing among China's ports, as well as ports throughout Asia, and what does it say about the underlying trade flows as well as sourcing and logistics opportunities?

Moderator:
Annie Zhu, Asian Editor, The Journal of Commerce, JOC Group Inc.

Panelists:
Dr. Jonathan Beard, Managing Director GHK (Hong Kong) Ltd & Vice President ICF International
Sunny Ho, Executive Director, Hong Kong Shippers’ Council
Mario Moreno, Economist, JOC Group Inc.

10:45 - 11:15 AM
Coffee Break

11:15AM - 12:30 PM
Panel Discussion: Perspectives on ocean container-based logistics
Shippers face a constantly changing ocean landscape, what with new alliances being formed, services changing frequently, sailings being dropped, ships slowing down and that’s just on the ocean side. On land, shippers are trying to cut costs through better use of packaging, and face constant and ever-shifting bottlenecks on roads, rails and marine terminals. In this panel we will hear from shippers in terms of how they are confronting these and other challenges.

Moderator:
Mark Millar, Managing Partner, M Power Associates

Panelists:
Eric Xiang, Director - Asia, Armstrong & Associates, Inc.
James Wemyss, International Sales and Account Manager Clean andEfficient Packaging Department, Pacific Millennium Packaging

12:30 PM- 2:00 PM
Lunch

2:00 - 3:15 PM
Panel Discussion: Asia supply chain challenges and opportunities
Shippers priorities are well known: anticipating supply chain disruption, reducing cost in part through slower and less expensive transportation modes, finding new locations for sourcing, serving emerging markets including the domestic China market, complying with security and other trade regulations. In this session speakers will assess shippers’ strategies and offer perspectives on new and emerging opportunities for further supply chain enhancements.

Moderator:
Mark Szakonyi, Associate Editor, The Journal of Commerce

Panelists:
Bryn Heimbeck, Co-Founder and President, Trade Tech
Joseph Frank, Vice President, Asia, FedEx Trade Networks
Tatiana Serova, Commercial Director and co-founder, A.R.T. Logistics

3:15 - 3:45 PM
Coffee Break

3:45 - 4:55 PM
Closing Presentation: What’s next for international logistics
What are some of the major trends in international, ocean-based logistics? What are customers/BCOs facing in their supply chains and in what areas are they looking for support from 3PLs? JOC Chief Content Officer Peter Tirschwell, who writes a regular column in the Journal of Commerce and speaks regularly at industry events, will offer perspective on these and other topics in this wrap-up presentation.

Introduced by: Richard Chan, Deputy Vice President of Supply Chain Solutions, Chiwan Container Terminal Co., Ltd.

Speaker:
Peter Tirschwell, Chief Content Officer & Executive Vice President, JOC Group Inc

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