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Oct 8, 2013 2:00PM EDT
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Canada’s four main container ports — Montreal, Halifax, Vancouver, and Prince Rupert — handle different levels of cargo for domestic Canadian consumption, combined with being entry points for cargo to the U.S. market, creating unique supply chain challenges while offering shippers and carriers an alternative to the largest U.S. ports. Intermodal rail continues to be a fundamental mode for moving international cargo within Canada and North America overall, and the country’s two main railroads — Canadian National and Canadian Pacific — have a vast interconnected network serving Canadian east-west markets and the U.S. Midwest, all connected to the four major ports, allowing them to compete aggressively with U.S. East and West Coast ports for cargo that is recovering rapidly from the downturn and will only grow in the years ahead, when the expansion of the Panama Canal is complete. That’s also true for vibrant north-south cross-border trade with the U.S., Canada’s largest trading partner in the world. Bilateral trade has risen rapidly since the recession ended in 2010, hitting a record US$615 billion in 2012, largely on the strength of commodities such as lumber products, heavy equipment, agriculture, automotive and petroleum.

This webcast will analyze Canada’s economic and trade outlook, the growth in trade through its Atlantic and Pacific ports, and the future of Arctic sea routes that could provide shippers and carriers with distinct advantages.

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Interested in sponsoring this event? For more information, please contact Tony Stein on tstein@joc.com

Oct 3, 2013 2:00PM EDT
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Export classification is a complex, layered process, but the obligation of proper declaration falls to the U.S. exporter, and the definition of ‘export’ is wide, so mastering it is vital. In this webcast, we will examine the challenges of classification in the U.S., the intricacies of the U.S. Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) system, key tips and best practices for dealing with technical data, and the role of automation.

Speakers Suzanne Bullitt, a Certified U.S. Export Compliance Officer and Trade Compliance Director at Invensys, and Kristine Bols, Director of Trade Content at Amber Road, will discuss: 

-- Developing internal classification processes and training

-- The importance of record keeping and automation

-- Dealing with country-specific regulations and interpretations

-- Tricky situations, such as the oral exchange of information, which is a “deemed export”

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Oct 1, 2013 2:00PM EDT
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Timed to be held in the run-up to the JOC TPM Asia Conference in Shenzhen, this Webcast will focus on the challenges and opportunities for importers and exporters, and transportation and logistics companies in China, where a combination of slowing growth, a more inward-looking economic strategy, rising costs and new regulations are changing the business dynamics in Asia’s largest market.

Attendees will hear from two premier experts on the ground in China, who will discuss the future of doing business in the country, how changing consumer habits will impact strategic thinking and current trends in contract logistics.

Sep 5, 2013 11:00AM EDT
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When exclusive JOC Port Productivity data was released in July, it came with a message that rings loud and clear: Marine terminal operators must do a better job of delivering the vessel productivity required by ocean carriers and the cargo interests with goods aboard their ships. The data, part of a five-year effort that secured cooperation from 17 of the world’s largest ocean carriers, represents the first time comparisons of port productivity performance can be drawn on a global scale. Using confidential data based on more than 100,000 vessel calls at 600 marine terminals and 400 global ports, the JOC has developed 2012 productivity rankings in three regions: the Americas, Asia, and Europe-Middle East-Africa.

This hour long Webcast will analyze the results of the 2012 data, the factors that separate the strongest performers and explain why ports in some regions are at a distinct advantage in getting a ship loaded, unloaded and back to sea in a way that allows carriers to keep to tight sailing schedules.

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Interested in sponsoring this event? For more information, please contact Tony Stein on tstein@joc.com

Aug 22, 2013 2:00PM EDT
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  • Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.

Eighteen months after they were released in late 2011, the frequently revised and controversial hours of service rules took effect on July 1. Even as a federal appeals court considers a legal challenge to the new regulations that further restrict the number of hours a trucker can be on the road, carriers and drivers must comply or face steep fines. Many believe the new HOS rules, coupled with other regulatory mandates such as CSA 2010 and electronic-onboard readers will only exacerbate the driver shortage carriers already face. For shippers, that equates to tightening capacity and higher rates, just as demand picks up during the peak shipping season and the economic recovery shows signs of picking up. Technology, however, can help all three groups impacted by the regulations — carriers, shippers and drivers — navigate these new supply chain challenges.

This special Webcast will analyze the particular obstacles the trucking industry faces, what impact they are likely to have on supply chains, and how technology not only can help impacted parties comply, but also prevent potentially crippling supply chain interruptions.

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Interested in sponsoring this event? For more information, please contact Tony Stein on tstein@joc.com

Jul 30, 2013 2:00PM EDT
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Shippers and carriers across all modes again are anxiously watching the economy. Revenue and cargo volumes were largely up for most transportation segments early in the year, but profitability varies wildly depending on mode. Tight capacity has bolstered trucking operators. Pricing power has swept freight railroads to billions of dollars in profits. But international air and ocean carriers are struggling under the weight of excess capacity and moderate trade growth. But some key indicators point to a strong underlying U.S. economy that’s being weighed down by weakness overseas.

Consumer sentiment is strong; U.S. manufacturing is on a steady growth path; and housing markets are rallying. With a slew of new ships scheduled for delivery this year, the outlook is perhaps most worrisome on the container shipping side, where rates have declined steadily since the beginning of the year on the major east-west trades. Trucking companies have different concerns: new hours-of-service and security regulations that could hurt driver availability, causing artificial capacity constraints, but thereby putting carriers in strong position to raise rates.

This Webcast will analyze the upcoming peak shipping season, including the outlook for the holiday buying season that is so critical to shippers and carriers.

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Interested in sponsoring this event? For more information, please contact Tony Stein on tstein@joc.com

Jun 25, 2013 2:00PM EDT
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As the driver of global trade, the Asia-Pacific region has some of the largest container ports in the world, including the world’s three largest, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Singapore. It also has some of the strongest and most rapidly emerging economies, from the world’s manufacturing and export giant China to South Korea, the United States’ newest free trade partner. However, as emerging markets, they are inextricably linked to the largest consumer markets in the world: the U.S. and Europe. So when the economies in those two regions lag, Asia feels a major impact. That is the case now, with the U.S. economy creeping along with slow growth, and much of Europe stuck in a debt-driven recession. But the outlook is improving, especially for the second half of 2013, so some reason for optimism is returning for ocean carriers and shippers operating in the world’s two largest ocean shipping routes, the Asia-Europe and trans-Pacific.

This Webcast will examine the outlook for this critical trade region, the impact Europe’s financial crisis and the U.S. economy will have on Asia and what it all means for oceanborne and airborne trade and the carriers that handles it.

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Interested in sponsoring this event? For more information, please contact Tony Stein on tstein@joc.com

Jun 5, 2013 2:00PM EDT
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  • COSCO
  • bsi Group

The Top 100 Importers and Exporters report is one of the most extensive products The Journal of Commerce produces each year. Based on months of exclusive research, it analyzes the largest global companies shipping containerized goods to and from the United States — essential information for shippers, carriers and third-party logistics providers.

This webcast, featuring Research Editor Marsha Salisbury, will analyze the makeup and dynamics of the Top 100 in both directions and the factors driving inbound and outbound trade.

**Webcast attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the Top 100 Importers and Exporters Report.

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Interested in sponsoring this event? For more information, please contact Tony Stein on tstein@joc.com

Apr 30, 2013 2:00PM EDT
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Global supply chain interests have endured monumental change over the past three years. The worst recession in decades required third-party logistics providers and other supply chain interests to dramatically change their business models as retailers slashed inventories, adopted revolutionary environmental initiatives and cut costs. The environmental pressure has been equally strong — if not stronger — among federal, state and local governments, part of a new regulatory environment that is challenging companies up and down the global supply chain. Internationally, supply chains are as long as ever, but the debate over near-sourcing is accelerating as fuel prices surge and disruptive forces such as natural disasters and longshore labor actions increase the risk for traditional supply chains and make them more difficult to manage.

This webcast will analyze the state of global supply chains, how 3PLs are responding to ever-growing customer needs and new technology services that aim to boost supply chain efficiency. A centerpiece of the event will be discussion about the Top 40 Global Logistics Companies based on 2012 revenue, with analysis of how the world’s largest 3PLs are adapting to an ever-changing transportation and trade world.

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Interested in sponsoring this event? For more information, please contact Tony Stein on tstein@joc.com

Mar 20, 2013 11:00AM EDT
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Timed in the aftermath of The Journal of Commerce’s 13th Annual Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference, this webcast will focus on the supply and demand of container space in the trans-Pacific trade, the economic fundamentals driving it and what it means for intermodal rail, industrial real estate and other segments of the supply chain. Coming off the roller-coaster ride of 2012’s extreme rate swings — when pricing started slowly, ramped up rapidly through midyear and then fell off at the end — shippers and carriers are searching for stability. The big test for carriers this year is whether they’ll be able to manage vessel capacity in a way that limits the effect of the huge amount of new ships scheduled to be delivered this year. The true measure of that test will come just before summer, when shippers and carriers wrap up annual service contracts that could trend increasingly toward longer-term deals and indexed-based agreements that would instill the very stability so many seek.

This webcast will examine the economic and market indicators that will define business in the trans-Pacific container trades in 2013 — from economic and sourcing trends in China, import demand in the United States and the outlook for retail and other container shipping-relevant products.

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Interested in sponsoring this event? For more information, please contact Tony Stein on tstein@joc.com

 

 

Feb 26, 2013 2:00PM EST
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The cautious optimism prevailing among third-party logistics providers since the Great Recession is slowly becoming less cautious as growth in emerging markets — and a hoped-for economic recovery in the U.S. and Europe — is driving companies to expand globally. To keep up, 3PLs are investing in supply chain technologies, training and human resources. To be viable end-to-end providers, they must be flexible and transparent, and capable of integrating with multiple supply chain partners.

This webcast will look at the various components of the international supply chain — growing overseas markets and the outlook at home; technology; and warehousing — and analyze the threats and opportunities for each in the year ahead.

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Interested in sponsoring this event? For more information, please contact Tony Stein on tstein@joc.com

Jan 29, 2013 2:00PM EST
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Maritime and trucking shippers are heading on divergent paths. While growth in capacity has outpaced growth in demand on the ocean side — and will again in 2013 — trucking companies are displaying restraint, choosing to manage capacity and shed money-losing freight. As 2013 begins, however, both transportation modes face their share of risks: a stuttering U.S. economy, recession in Europe, economic slowing in Asia, potentially restrictive new U.S. regulations and high fuel costs.

This webcast will analyze the issues, challenges and opportunities that will help define the year ahead for trucking and ocean carriers, and the shippers who use them.

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Interested in sponsoring this event? For more information, please contact Tony Stein on tstein@joc.com

 

 

 

Nov 29, 2012 2:00PM EST
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 A two-part, 90-minute live webcast on the use of Statistical Sampling presented by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and industry representatives.

Nov 8, 2012 3:00PM EST
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A shortage of available commercial drivers threatens truckload carriers with higher costs and shippers with much higher rates. The problem is expected to get worse in the near future unless trucking companies and shippers take action. What is the driver shortage, and why does one exist when opportunities are plentiful and unemployment is high? What can carriers do to counter this threat to their core capabilities? How can shippers help?

Interested in sponsoring this event? For more information, please contact Tony Stein on tstein@joc.com

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Oct 25, 2012 2:00PM EDT
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Today's retailers face myriad challenges margin pressures, shorter product lifecycles, and changing customer expectations. To keep pace, many retailers are turning to tried and true methodologies like LEAN practices to boost product value with less work and lower costs. This webcast will explore how retailers can harness the power of LEAN to engage employees, eliminate inertia and turbocharge the pace of work processes.