Cool Cargoes: Global Trends, Risks & Opportunities

The port congestion and supply chain challenges confronting refrigerated shippers is a microcosm of the industry as a whole: strong volumes to and from Asia, labor shortages at the busiest terminals on the US West and East coasts, tight trucking and storage capacity, chassis shortages, and problems repositioning containers. Combined, these and other issues are wreaking havoc on the global movement of perishables products — and the situation isn’t expected to ease until next spring, at least. In some cases, delays are causing fresh produce to rot on ships because those ships are unable to discharge containers at congested ports. Meanwhile, refrigerated shipping rates have risen sharply and shippers face multiple other costs, including detention and demurrage and/or terminal-handling charges if they seek to reposition their containers. In this environment, what are shippers to do? Is re-routing Asia-bound shipments to less-congested East and Gulf coast ports an option? What role can technology play?
This webcast will analyze the cold chain state of play as the year winds down and 2022 approaches.
Moderator: Greg Knowler, Senior Editor, Europe, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Juan Alarcon, CEO, Fyffes North America
William C. Duggan, North American Cold Chain Advisor, Eskesen Advisory
James H. Sumner, President, USA Poultry & Egg Export Council
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