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Dec 9, 2021 2:00PM EST
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2021 may be winding down, but the containerized shipping market is far from it. US port congestion remains at crisis levels even as import growth from Asia is slowing on a year-over-year basis, and the summer-fall surge in US COVID-19 cases is slowing the recovery in consumer spending, according to data from JOC parent company IHS Markit. Even if supply chain bottlenecks ease, and assume progress in vaccinations and a reduction in COVID infections, growth in consumer spending and imports will likely resume in 2022, as will inventory building and earlier-than-usual shipping cycles for importers. No one, after all, wants to relive the pain of this year’s supply chain crisis. On the bright side for shippers, when congestion ultimately eases and circulation of ships, containers, and chassis improves, capacity will return to the system and will create downward pressure on rates. Only time will tell how and when that occurs. 
 
This webcast will shine a light on the current state of the market, and when the tide might turn. 
 
Moderator: Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor, JOC.com and The Journal of Commerce, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speaker(s):
Rahul Kapoor, Vice President and Head of Commodity Analytics and Research, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Michael Shaughnessy, Senior Vice President, Operations, Supply Chain, and Emerging Markets, Balsam Brands
Michael Symonanis, Director, North America Logistics, Global Container Logistics Group, Louis Dreyfus
 
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Dec 14, 2021 1:00PM EST
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The trans-Pacific supply chain in 2021 was overwhelmed by record US imports from Asia, COVID-19 outbreaks that shut down key China load ports for weeks at a time, the worst vessel on-time performance ever, vessel bunching and congestion at major US gateways and intermodal rail networks, and inland ramps that are still gridlocked. Because US imports now are driven in large part by e-commerce replenishment, and consumers show no signs of cutting back on spending, will these same conditions persist in 2022? What can North American ports and terminal operators do to improve cargo velocity, such as creating surge yards for the temporary storage of containers to relieve pressures at marine terminals, and forming peel piles to reduce trucker turn times? Can shippers look for relief next year at inland rail hubs such as Chicago and Memphis, or will the rail ramps stay congested or possibly get worse? 
 
This webcast will feature the latest trends, outlook, data, and analytics, along with insights from key industry experts and stakeholders as cargo interests wrestle with the worst congestion in recent memory.  
 
Session Chair/Presenter: 
Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor, Trans-Pacific, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
AGENDA:
 
1:00 - 1:05 PM Welcome Remarks
 
1:05 - 1:35 PM The 2022 Container Shipping Outlook
Will container lines step up to provide sufficient capacity if the record 15 consecutive months of record and near-record import volumes continue well into the new year — or beyond? What are the key forces driving the huge North American import volumes, and will those forces continue to be at work in 2022? Has the eastbound trans-Pacific transitioned from a seasonal trade lane in which peaks and valleys are based upon back-to-school, holiday and spring shopping, and post-holiday and Lunar New Year lows, to a continuous flow of merchandise-based on online shopping? What are the implications of constant replenishment for port congestion and port-related supply chains in Asia and North America? Does “build the church for Easter Sunday” now mean every week is Easter Sunday in the eastbound trans-Pacific?
 
Keynote Speaker: 
Alan Murphy, CEO, and President, Sea-Intelligence Consulting
 
1:35 - 2:05 PM Asia Load Ports in 2022: Taking Stock
Which ports — and manufacturing centers — in China, Southeast Asia, and the Indian subcontinent are most likely to continue expanding, and which regions will most likely experience gridlock? Do manufacturers in Asia anticipate exports to North America will cool down from the torrid pace in 2021? What did ports and terminal operators in Asia learn this past year about handling record and near-record volumes month after month? Have they implemented new, improved, and safer operating procedures? What about manufacturers in those countries? What are they doing to maintain resiliency in the COVID era? Have other countries learned from China that it takes a village comprised of vendors, manufacturers, assemblers, and logistics providers to efficiently meet growing consumer demand in North America?
 
Speakers:
Jon Monroe, President, Jon Monroe Consulting
Daniel Krassenstein, Global Supply Chain Director, Procon Pacific
 
2:05 - 2:35 PM West and East Coast Ports: More Challenges Ahead?
North American ports have endured an unprecedented 15 consecutive months of record or near-record months of imports from Asia. Will these volumes continue into 2022, or possibly beyond? What improved processes have ports deployed to handle vessel bunching, congested marine terminals, chassis shortages, drayage capacity challenges, and warehouses filled to capacity? Will US ports follow the model rolled out by the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in October of charging fees on containers with excessive dwell times to drive cargo velocity?
 
Speakers:
West Coast Ports: Sal Ferrigno, Vice President, SSA Marine
New York-New Jersey: Bethann Rooney, Deputy Port Director, Port Authority of New York-New Jersey
Georgia Ports Authority: John Petrino, Director Business Development and International Marketing, Georgia Ports Authority
 
2:35 - 3:05 PM Container Handoffs From Marine Terminals to Warehouses and Intermodal Rail Ramps
Where have all the chassis gone? The overland supply chain this past year has contended with non-stop shortages of chassis, truck capacity, rail power and cars, and record bottlenecks at rail ramps in Chicago and other inland hubs. What plans do asset providers and railroads have to increase their chassis deployments for 2022 cargo volumes that may well exceed those in 2021? Can US chassis manufacturers step up production to meet growing demand next year? When will inland rail hubs return to normal operations?
 
Speakers:
Mike O’Malley, Senior Vice President, Government and Public Relations, Direct ChassisLink.
Jason Hilsenbeck, President LoadMatch & Drayage.com 
 
3:05 PM Closing Remarks
  
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Jan 6, 2022 2:00PM EST
Standardization of shipping documentation and data has long been an elusive pursuit in the world of global logistics. The fragmented nature of the industry, including the sheer number of parties involved in any shipment, is one reason so little is standardized but also a motivation to push toward standardization. The basic premise is simple: The more that is standardized, the less time and resources will be spent on turning oranges into apples, and the more time that can be spent on innovating and improving. 
 
This webcast, the third in a three-part series leading up to the TPMTech Conference on Feb. 24-25 in Long Beach, California, will explore the key areas of the global logistics industry where standardization is happening, and where the potential exists to create efficiencies that benefit all parties. In so doing, we'll look at practical examples, and the associations, solutions, and platforms enabling that incremental change.
 
Session Chair:
Eric Johnson, Senior Editor, Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speaker(s): TBC
 
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Breakbulk and Project Shipping: First-Quarter Review & Outlook

Jan 20, 2022 2:00PM EST
Moderator: Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Project and Heavy-Lift Shipping, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speaker(s): TBC
 
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Container Shipping Outlook: The Trans-Pacific Outlook

Feb 3, 2022 2:00PM EST
Moderator: Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor, West Coast, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speaker(s): TBC
 
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Logistics Technology: The Future of Digital Procurement

Mar 31, 2022 2:00PM EDT
Moderator: Eric Johnson, Senior Editor, Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speaker(s): TBC
 
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Trucking Market Report: First-Quarter Review and Outlook

Apr 7, 2022 2:00PM EDT
Moderator: William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor, Trucking and Domestic Transportation, JOC, IHS Markit
 
Speaker(s): TBC
 
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Managing E-Commerce From Order to Delivery and Beyond

Apr 21, 2022 2:00PM EDT

Moderator: Cathy Morrow Roberson, Research Analyst, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Speaker(s): TBC
 
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Canada Trade and Shipping Outlook

May 5, 2022 2:00PM EDT
Moderator: Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor, JOC.com and The Journal of Commerce, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speaker(s): TBC
 
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Midyear Port Performance Report: The State of Play

Jun 2, 2022 2:00PM EDT

Moderator: Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor, West Coast, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Speaker(s): TBC
 
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The JOC Top 100 Importers: Analyzing the Rankings

Jun 16, 2022 2:00PM EDT
Moderator: Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor, JOC.com and The Journal of Commerce, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speaker(s): TBC
 
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The JOC Top 100 Exporters: Analyzing the Rankings

Jun 23, 2022 2:00PM EDT
Moderator: Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor, JOC.com and The Journal of Commerce, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speaker(s): TBC
 
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Midyear Container Shipping Report: Did 2021 Change the Peak Season Forever?

Jul 14, 2022 2:00PM EDT
Moderator: Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor, West Coast, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speaker(s): TBC
 
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Midyear Trucking Report: The New Capacity Reality

Aug 4, 2022 2:00PM EDT
Moderator: William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor, Trucking and Domestic Transportation, JOC, IHS Markit
 
Speaker(s): TBC
 
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Midyear Breakbulk and Project Cargo Report

Aug 18, 2022 2:00PM EDT

Moderator: Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Project and Heavy-Lift Shipping, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Speaker(s): TBC
 
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Archived Webcasts

Nov 18, 2021 2:00PM EST
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Large, bulky items such as exercise equipment, furniture, and even 50-pound bags of pet food often present challenges for parcel and less-than-truckload carriers. Such items are time-consuming to manage in sorting facilities that are designed for smaller items, they’re often not easily palletized for LTL shipments. In both situations, fewer items are loaded in delivery trucks and vans. To mitigate costs and time incurred in handling large and bulky items, carriers may add surcharges to handle and deliver these types of goods. But what happens if shippers can’t find capacity from either a parcel carrier or LTL provider? 
 
This webcast will explore what steps shippers can take to determine the best carrier to use to deliver such goods while providing the following takeaways:
     • Cost and service-level considerations between types of carriers
     • Understanding who the new entrants are in the big and bulky delivery space
     • How shippers can measure success
 
Moderator: Cathy Morrow Roberson, Senior Editor, Parcel and Last-Mile Shipping, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speaker(s)
William Cassidy, Senior Editor, Trucking and Domestic Transportation, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Tim Quinn, Director, Multi-Modal Transportation, Arrive Logistics 
Hannah Testani, CEO, Intelligent Audit
 
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Nov 11, 2021 2:00PM EST
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Accurate calculation of detention and demurrage fees for importers and exporters has been a systemic issue for logistics professionals to manage. The saying "there is no free time" in logistics has never been more apt than in 2021, where extreme port congestion has ratcheted up the degree to which D&D problems plague the industry. There are, of course, many sides to the issue, but one underexplored facet is the degree to which technology can help improve the situation. From greater cargo visibility to milestone standardization across terminals to electronic payment mechanisms, the list of potential solutions is diverse. But which path or paths are the best for shippers and their representatives to take? And who is best suited to provide those solutions: terminals, ports, container lines, third-party logistics companies, or independent software providers? 
 
This webcast will explore how or if technology can tangibly impact the long-running problem of D&D.
 
Moderator: Eric Johnson, Senior Editor, Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speaker(s): 
Alan McCorkle, President & CEO, Yusen Terminals LLC 
Siva Narayanan, Global Logistics Director, Solvay Oil & Gas GBU
Peter Schneider, President, T.G.S. Logistics, Inc. & T.G.S. Transportation, Inc.
 
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Nov 9, 2021 11:00AM EST
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
 
Speaker(s):
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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Oct 28, 2021 2:00PM EDT
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Having true, multimodal, global visibility has long been the aspirational state for shippers juggling various modes and regions within their supply chains. The pandemic and the subsequent onslaught of consumer demand has created waves of congestion, exacerbated by a string of natural disasters and COVID-19 flareups that have taxed those supply chains. That makes this a perfect time to examine whether suppliers of visibility solutions are able to provide shippers with the tools and data they need to cope with historic disruption. This webcast will examine ways to examine the market and provide shippers and other users with visibility data with a framework to make educated investment decisions.
 
Moderator: Eric Johnson, Senior Editor, Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speaker(s): 
Jeffrey Cronkshaw, CEO, LanciaConsult 
Gregg Mau, Senior Manager, Global Logistics, Crocs
Erin O'Leary, Vice President, Technology & Innovation, Janel Group
 
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Oct 14, 2021 2:00PM EDT
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As 2022 approaches, US shippers — domestic logistics managers as well as importers and exporters — are wrestling with an unprecedented transportation market. The bullwhip effect of the US economic recovery is doing nearly as much to disrupt supply chains in 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic initially did in 2020. Shippers are scrambling to find capacity on the road and rails to move goods from ports to distribution centers and to customers. They are absorbing shocking cost increases to deliver for their customers. 
 
Rapid economic growth and the continued acceleration of e-commerce mean no return to pre-pandemic normality. Instead, shippers are being forced to rethink how they serve their companies and customers. We’ve entered an era of renewal and reinvention ignited by the strong US economic recovery and the significant disruption the COVID-19 pandemic spilled across the transportation landscape. It’s an era, unlike any typical economic recovery that logistics managers experienced in the past. 
 
This three-part webcast series will help shippers prepare for the challenges of the year ahead and deal with the problems they face today when it comes to sourcing capacity, controlling transportation costs, and protecting their supply chains from near-constant volatility and disruption. They’ll receive a broad view of the outlook for the rest of the year and in 2022, and detailed insights on specific transportation and logistics questions. Together, we’ll write the playbook for logistics success in the 2020s. 
 
Part III, Oct. 14: Technology, E-Commerce, and the Road Forward Agenda
 
2:00-2:10 PM ET Welcome Remarks
Session Chair (s):
William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor, Trucking and Domestic Transportation, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Ari Ashe, Senior Editor, Southeast Ports, and Intermodal Rail, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
2:10-2:40 PM ET What Does the Next Phase of Digital Brokerage Look Like? 
Session Chair: Eric Johnson, Senior Editor, Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit  
Speaker(s):
Bruce Chan, Director, Global Logistics Equity Research, Stifel
Ryan Schreiber, Director of Engagement, CarrierDirect
 
 
As early purveyors of the digital freight brokerage model have begun to mature, and as incumbent brokers of all sizes adopt more technology-forward stances in the market, there are two questions hanging over the industry: what has all the VC investment and infusion of tech talent fundamentally changed, and what will the next few years look like? Critical to this examination is understanding the various approaches so-called digital brokers have taken, how models are somehow becoming both specialized and more generalized, and what this all means to shippers and their outlook on procuring freight capacity. This session will include a range of perspectives on the impact digital brokerage has had on the trucking market, and where things go from here. 
 
2:40-3:00 PM ET One-on-One: The Parcel Impact on the Supply Chain 
Session Chair: Cathy Morrow Roberson, Analyst, Air Cargo and Parcel, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Speaker(s):
Berkley Stafford, CEO, TransImpact Inc.  
 
Retailers are embracing multichannel strategies as consumers look for purchasing options beyond the store. The shift from pallets to parcels, however, has disrupted supply chains, from origin to final destination, as speed becomes a major competitive advantage. As such, new entrants have entered the parcel space, in addition to providing fulfillment practices, last-mile options, and more to address the speed and the evolving market. 
  
3:00-3:30 PM ET Deconstructing the Driver Shortage
Session Chair: William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor, Trucking and Domestic Transportation, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Speaker(s):
David Correll, Co-Director, MIT Freight Lab, Massachusetts Institute for Technology
Dean Croke, Principal Analyst, DAT IQ
Aaron Terrazas, Director, Economic Research, Convoy
 
The Truck Driver Shortage roared back in 2020 and 2021, as tens of thousands of drivers quit or lost jobs during the pandemic and freight demand soared. In 2021, the shortage was for a time reflected in an actual, measurable year-over-year shortage in trucking employees. The shortage re-emerges during every bullish trucking market, however, and so do the same proposed solutions: higher wages, more time at home, younger drivers. The American Trucking Association estimates we will need 1.1 million new truck drivers over the next 10 years. But is that number even remotely achievable? Do we really need a million new drivers, or will increasingly sophisticated digital platforms help us make better use of the drivers we have today, helping us find the right driver for the right load? This panel will tackle some of the myths and realities of the driver shortage and point toward solutions to a century-old problem for shippers that want to secure reliable capacity. 
 
3:30 PM ET Closing Remarks
Session Chair: William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor, Trucking and Domestic Transportation, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
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Oct 13, 2021 2:00PM EDT
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As 2022 approaches, US shippers — domestic logistics managers as well as importers and exporters — are wrestling with an unprecedented transportation market. The bullwhip effect of the US economic recovery is doing nearly as much to disrupt supply chains in 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic initially did in 2020. Shippers are scrambling to find capacity on the road and rails to move goods from ports to distribution centers and to customers. They are absorbing shocking cost increases to deliver for their customers. 
 
Rapid economic growth and the continued acceleration of e-commerce mean no return to pre-pandemic normality. Instead, shippers are being forced to rethink how they serve their companies and customers. We’ve entered an era of renewal and reinvention ignited by the strong US economic recovery and the significant disruption the COVID-19 pandemic spilled across the transportation landscape. It’s an era, unlike any typical economic recovery that logistics managers experienced in the past. 
 
This three-part webcast series will help shippers prepare for the challenges of the year ahead and deal with the problems they face today when it comes to sourcing capacity, controlling transportation costs, and protecting their supply chains from near-constant volatility and disruption. They’ll receive a broad view of the outlook for the rest of the year and in 2022, and detailed insights on specific transportation and logistics questions. Together, we’ll write the playbook for logistics success in the 2020s. 
 
Part II, Oct. 13: Building a More Efficient Supply Chain Agenda 
 
2:00-2:05 PM ET Welcome Remarks
Session Chair (s): William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor, Trucking and Domestic Transportation, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Ari Ashe, Senior Editor, Southeast Ports, and Intermodal Rail, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
 
2:05-2:45 PM ET Breaking the Logjam at Inland Rail Hubs: International Intermodal
Session Chair: Ari Ashe, Senior Editor, Southeast Ports, and Intermodal Rail, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Speaker(s):
Karen Duff, President/CEO, International Express Trucking, Inc.
Ryan Jirmasek, Director of Sales, Midwest, Top Ocean Consolidation Service 
Sue Wiley, Senior Manager of Logistics, Fellowes Brands
 
Once a shipper navigates the congestion in popular ports in California, the Pacific Northwest, the Southeast, or the Northeast, the journey is only beginning. Transporting the ocean container to an inland hub — known as inland point intermodal — has been extremely difficult in 2021, particularly the final mile from the rail terminal to the shipper’s dock. There aren't enough chassis, not enough space, and not enough drivers to handle the deluge of containers combined with importers taking longer to unload and return equipment. NVOs and drayage operators have said this is the worst year in history for congestion in Chicago, Kansas City, Memphis, and the Ohio Valley. This session will explore how shippers are handling the volume and how supply chain stakeholders can come together to find solutions that work for all. 
 
2:45-3:05 PM ET How Do I Make My Spot Load Stand Out to Truck Drivers and Brokers?
 
With so much demand for trucking, competition is fierce to secure a truck driver on the spot market. Freight that drivers don't want to haul will sit and sit, causing supply chains to slow down. Freight that drivers want to haul will move quickly and for a fair price. So, what can shippers and receivers do to make their freight more attractive? In this discussion, JOC Senior Editor Ari Ashe will lead a discussion with freight broker Pete Emahiser and owner-operator carrier Chad Boblett about how to make your freight stand out from the crowd and get capacity before your competitors."
Session Chair: Ari Ashe, Senior Editor, Southeast Ports, and Intermodal Rail, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Speaker(s):
Chad Boblett, Owner-Operator, Boblett Brothers
Pete Emahiser, Owner, Tadmore Transportation
 
3:05-3:35 PM ET Breaking the Logjam at Inland Rail Hubs: Domestic Intermodal
Session Chair: Ari Ashe, Senior Editor, Southeast Ports, and Intermodal Rail, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Speaker(s):
Erica Hill, Director, Intermodal Services, Independent Dispatch Inc. 
Mark McKendry, Regional Vice President, North American Intermodal, NFI
Phil Shook, Executive Vice President, Milestone Equipment Holdings
 
Not only have ocean boxes been difficult to move across the US rail network, but so has cargo in 53-foot domestic containers. Union Pacific Railroad has slapped surcharges on excess domestic intermodal shipments because the supply of rail-owned containers and chassis is tight. BNSF Railway has regularly restricted domestic service out of California because of overwhelming volume, cutting the number of containers companies such as J.B. Hunt, Schneider, Swift, APL, and Matson have been able to move. CSX Transportation has restricted appointments on occasion in certain terminals, such as Bedford Park, outside of Chicago, to ration volume. Norfolk Southern, perhaps the most impacted in 2021, has shut down or significantly cut slots on trains to northern New Jersey, central and western Pennsylvania, Charlotte, and Jacksonville several times in 2021. This session will discuss how shippers can navigate these landmines and how they should position intermodal in their supply chain going forward. 
 
3:35 PM ET Closing Remarks
Session Chair: Ari Ashe, Senior Editor, Southeast Ports, and Intermodal Rail, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
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Oct 12, 2021 2:00PM EDT
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As 2022 approaches, US shippers — domestic logistics managers as well as importers and exporters — are wrestling with an unprecedented transportation market. The bullwhip effect of the US economic recovery is doing nearly as much to disrupt supply chains in 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic initially did in 2020. Shippers are scrambling to find capacity on the road and rails to move goods from ports to distribution centers and to customers. They are absorbing shocking cost increases to deliver for their customers. 
 
Rapid economic growth and the continued acceleration of e-commerce mean no return to pre-pandemic normality. Instead, shippers are being forced to rethink how they serve their companies and customers. We’ve entered an era of renewal and reinvention ignited by the strong US economic recovery and the significant disruption the COVID-19 pandemic spilled across the transportation landscape. It’s an era, unlike any typical economic recovery that logistics managers experienced in the past. 
 
This three-part webcast series will help shippers prepare for the challenges of the year ahead and deal with the problems they face today when it comes to sourcing capacity, controlling transportation costs, and protecting their supply chains from near-constant volatility and disruption. They’ll receive a broad view of the outlook for the rest of the year and in 2022, and detailed insights on specific transportation and logistics questions. Together, we’ll write the playbook for logistics success in the 2020s.
 
Part I, Oct. 12: The Trucking and Intermodal Freight Outlook Agenda
 
2:00-2:05 PM ET Welcome Remarks
Session Chair: William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor, Trucking and Domestic Transportation, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
2:05-2:45 PM ET The North American Freight Outlook
Session Chair: William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor, Trucking and Domestic Transportation, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Speaker (s):
Paul Bingham, Director, Transportation Consulting, IHS Markit
Jason Miller, Associate Professor, Logistics, Michigan State University
 
The US economic recovery is expected to continue in 2022, albeit with more moderate growth, but how will sectors that are crucial to generating US freight such as retail and manufacturing fare? What will happen with inventories, and what impact will that have on freight demand? Will the pricing cycle for trucking finally turn deflationary, giving shippers some relief from rate increases, and how much might rates drop? Has the pricing floor been permanently raised by the pandemic? After two disruptive years, should we expect more disruption? This panel will delve into these topics and more, with detailed analysis of the forces shaping the freight economy and a focus on what shippers can do to prepare for 2022. 
 
2:45-3:05 PM ET A One-on-One Conversation With Transplace CEO Frank McGuigan
Session Chair: William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor, Trucking and Domestic Transportation, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Speaker:
Frank McGuigan, CEO, Transplace

3:05-3:35 PM ET Rethinking the RFP

Session Chair: Ari Ashe, Senior Editor, Southeast Ports, and Intermodal Rail, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Speaker (s):
Drew Herpich, Chief Commercial Officer, Nolan Transportation Group
Sharon Regan, Director Supply Chain, The Bumble Bee Seafood Company
 
Pricing volatility in transportation during the past two years has led many shippers to rethink how they handle bidding and procurement. There has been a marked increase, for example, in the number of shippers asking carriers for mini-bids, whether shorter-term agreements or more focused business awards and other types of agreements and pricing mechanisms, some within the annual contract and some without. Some shippers question whether there should even be annual bids if current arrangements continue to work well. Is the annual “request for proposal” on the chopping block, here for good, or being transformed, and how can shippers and their transportation partners benefit from rethinking the RFP? 
 
3:35 PM ET Closing Remarks
Session Chair: Ari Ashe, Senior Editor, Southeast Ports, and Intermodal Rail, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
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Sep 30, 2021 10:00AM EDT
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When a terminal at the Port of Ningbo in eastern China temporarily closed in mid-August because of a COVID-19 outbreak, it was the latest link in a chain of painful events for ports, the ocean carriers that serve them, and the shippers whose businesses rely on the steady flow of goods. In North America, especially, the container shipping system has maxed out its capacity, and there are growing signs that it will only get messier in the near and mid-term as monthly cargo volumes have increased by double digits since August 2020 show no signs of letting up. With the pre-holiday peak shipping season in full swing, and shippers struggling to find any space on ships at Asian origins, ports and terminal operators are facing some of the worst congestion in recent memory. How the ports handle the surge will have a direct impact on product availability, and some shippers are concerned about shortages coming this fall. “Inefficient port operations have a very direct impact on supplies across the country and their populations. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw port delays causing shortages of essential goods and higher prices,” Turloch Mooney, an associate director with the maritime and trade division of IHS Markit, the parent company of The Journal of Commerce, said recently. In the long term, cargo bottlenecks can slow economic growth, producing higher costs for importers exporters and putting downward pressure on employment, he said. How well ports and terminals handle cargo surges can be based on historical precedent, as borne out by IHS Markit port productivity data and its new Container Port Performance Index, developed in partnership with the World Bank. Asia ports, for example, have been the most efficient during the most recent cargo surge, with Yokohama, Japan, the top-ranked port on the index. Conversely, Halifax is the only North American port to crack the Top 50, coming in at 39th in terms of total hours spent in port, cross-referenced with the volumes loaded/unloaded.
 
This webcast will analyze the latest surge ports are confronting, how long the surge might last, what ports in what regions are handling it best, and why.
 
Session Chair: Greg Knowler, Senior Editor, Europe, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speaker(s): 
Turloch Mooney, Associate Director, Product Management, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit  
Joris Kersten, General Manager, NxtPort USA
 
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Sep 16, 2021 9:00AM EDT
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European supply chains haven’t had any time to reset this summer, and as the Asia-Europe trade heads into the peak shipping period, the strain is showing. Months of strong consumer demand have kept European imports surging, while COVID-19 measures have created labor shortages and bottlenecks at terminals at origin and destination ports, and vessel schedule reliability at European hubs is at record lows. Late arrivals are driving up congestion across Europe’s ports, absorbing available vessel capacity, and disrupting the onward carriage of cargo via the feeder and short-sea services, inland waterway, rail, and road. 
 
Despite carriers’ poor on-time performance, rates are extremely elevated, soaring 800 percent in July above those in pre-pandemic 2019. On top of the high rates, carriers are charging thousands of dollars extra per container to guarantee space on vessels leaving Asia, with shippers reporting the cutting of agreed weekly allocations in a highest-bidder-wins-the-space environment. 
 
This combination of record-high rates and record low service has created a toxic relationship between shippers and carriers and is leading to unprecedented levels of animosity. With the peak Asia-Europe shipping season kicking off, industry stakeholders face the prospect of continued disruption right through year-end as Europe’s economies reopen and pent-up demand sustains import volume.  
 
This two-part webcast series will take a close look at the drivers behind the healthy imports and analyze the economic consequences of the pandemic on containerized trade into and out of Europe. Importantly, it will look at how deteriorating shipper-carrier relationships will play out. How much trust has been lost over the past year, and how will that change the way cargo contracts are structured? Container terminals and the inland logistics chain have been maxed out for months, but how long can the system continue to run at full speed? Finally, what can Europe’s importers and exporters expect in the year ahead? 
 
AGENDA
 
9:00-9:05 AM ET Welcome Remarks
Session Chair: Greg Knowler, Senior Editor, Europe, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
9:05-9:35 AM ET Looking for the Exit: What Must Change Before Asia-Europe Trade Normalizes
Session Chair: Greg Knowler, Senior Editor, Europe, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Speaker(s):
Thomas Eisenblätter, Head of Ocean Freight Europe (Executive Vice President), DB Schenker
Peter Sand, Chief Shipping Analyst, BIMCO
Container shipping out of Asia has been described as chaotic by all parties involved in the handling of cargo on the busy trade lanes to Europe. Yet the term doesn’t seem to quite capture a market bloodied by the Suez Canal blockage, COVID-19 cases shutting down the world’s third-busiest container terminal of Yantian, record low carrier schedule reliability, growing congestion across North Europe, and chronic vessel space and equipment shortages. The disruption also is flowing downstream and impacting short-sea shipping and logistics providers. How long will the disruptions last? It's a question with no easy answers, but our executive panel will look at what must change within the Asia-Europe supply chain before any normalization can occur. What will that normality mean for cargo flows as shippers adjust to new sales patterns or changing demand channels? Will there be changes to Asia sourcing? Will we see a return of the traditional seasonality of demand? 
 
9:35-10:05 AM ET Managing Europe’s Port Congestion
Session Chair: Greg Knowler, Senior Editor, Europe, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Speaker (s):
Turloch Mooney, Senior Editor, Global Ports, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Thor Thorup, Chief Commercial Officer, Portchain
 
The late arrival of container ships from Asia at North European ports, combined with months of high import volumes, has led to growing congestion at hub terminals that has spread to smaller ports across the region. Carrier schedule reliability on the Asia-Europe trade is at a dismal 23 percent, according to Sea-Intelligence Maritime Analysis, and the impact of the poor on-time performance has rippled throughout the chain, disrupting short-sea schedules, feeder operations, and all modes of inland transportation. IHS Markit Port Performance data show growing call sizes at European ports are being accompanied by longer waits at anchorages, with high yard density keeping ships at berth for longer. In this session, IHS Markit will present this latest data, with port optimization specialist Portchain outlining the role digital solutions and data sharing can play in improving carrier and terminal schedule planning, even in the current heavily disrupted container shipping environment. 
 
10:05-10:35 AM ET Air Cargo Trapped in Perpetual Peak Season
Session Chair: Greg Knowler, Senior Editor, Europe, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Speaker (s):
Jan Kleine-Lasthues, Chief Operating Officer – Airfreight, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, International GmbH 
Niall van de Wouw, Managing Director, and Co-Founder, CLIVE Data Services
 
Airfreight continues to benefit from the disrupted container shipping markets, where tight ocean capacity and equipment shortages restrict shipper access to vessels. Poor ocean reliability is pushing cargo with a time-sensitive or seasonal nature into the air, and forwarders are reporting traditional sea freight products such as hot tubs, stationary exercise bikes, leaf blowers, and even gas barbeques being loaded in aircraft in a desperate attempt to make their seasonal windows. Much of this business will not be sustainable, but for now, it is combining with the rising volume of e-commerce and perishables to fill all available capacity in a tightly constrained market. The passenger aircraft belly cargo that comprises half the available capacity remains grounded, which is keeping air freight rates elevated and trapping the industry in a perpetual peak season. Belly cargo is not expected to return at scale until 2023, or even 2024, so what can shippers expect in terms of rate levels, longer-term block space agreements, and demand through the traditional fourth-quarter peak shipping period and into next year? How should shippers manage their air cargo needs in such an unnatural market?
 
10:35 AM ET Closing Remarks

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Sep 15, 2021 9:00AM EDT
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European supply chains haven’t had any time to reset this summer, and as the Asia-Europe trade heads into the peak shipping period, the strain is showing. Months of strong consumer demand have kept European imports surging, while COVID-19 measures have created labor shortages and bottlenecks at terminals at origin and destination ports, and vessel schedule reliability at European hubs is at record lows. Late arrivals are driving up congestion across Europe’s ports, absorbing available vessel capacity, and disrupting the onward carriage of cargo via the feeder and short-sea services, inland waterway, rail, and road. 
 
Despite carriers’ poor on-time performance, rates are extremely elevated, soaring 800 percent in July above those in pre-pandemic 2019. On top of the high rates, carriers are charging thousands of dollars extra per container to guarantee space on vessels leaving Asia, with shippers reporting the cutting of agreed weekly allocations in a highest-bidder-wins-the-space environment. 
 
This combination of record-high rates and record low service has created a toxic relationship between shippers and carriers and is leading to unprecedented levels of animosity. With the peak Asia-Europe shipping season kicking off, industry stakeholders face the prospect of continued disruption right through year-end as Europe’s economies reopen and pent-up demand sustains import volume.  
 
This two-part webcast series will take a close look at the drivers behind the healthy imports and analyze the economic consequences of the pandemic on containerized trade into and out of Europe. Importantly, it will look at how deteriorating shipper-carrier relationships will play out. How much trust has been lost over the past year, and how will that change the way cargo contracts are structured? Container terminals and the inland logistics chain have been maxed out for months, but how long can the system continue to run at full speed? Finally, what can Europe’s importers and exporters expect in the year ahead? 
 
AGENDA
 
9:00-9:05 AM ET Welcome Remarks 
Session Chair: Greg Knowler, Senior Editor, Europe, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
9:05-9:35 AM ET Challenges of Adding Value in a Highly Unstable Market
Session Chair: Greg Knowler, Senior Editor, Europe, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Speaker: 
Keith Winters, CEO, Crane Worldwide Logistics
The default setting of global supply chains out of Asia has been stuck at “chaotic” for months. Space on ships and equipment for European imports is extraordinarily tight, port congestion across Asia and Europe is creating lengthy delays and cutting available vessel supply, COVID-19 measures are reducing available labor at terminals and further limiting capacity, and rates are hitting record highs every week while service levels remain at record lows. In this unstable shipping environment, the need for forwarders to provide value-added services to European importers has never been greater. So how are forwarders doing in this ultra-competitive environment? Are they able to offer the value that shippers demand, or is it more about managing shipper expectations? Should shippers lock in contracted rates with carriers as soon as possible to get off the volatile spot market, and should it be for three months or a year? How will the breakdown in shipper-carrier relations affect the relationships that forwarders have with both? As CEO of Crane Worldwide Logistics, Keith Winters brings his global perspective to the Asia-Europe trade in this keynote address and will share his views of the state of the market and what to expect through the Lunar New Year in February and beyond. 
 
9:35-9:55 AM ET Will COVID-19 Derail Europe's Economic Rebound
Session Chair: Greg Knowler, Senior Editor, Europe, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Speaker(s):
Kenneth Wattret, Chief European Economist, IHS Markit  
IHS Markit economic indicators for the next year are positive, but could the pandemic reverse that? Europe’s supply lines are severely disrupted by a host of measures related to the pandemic and efforts to limit its spread, and despite IHS Markit’s PMI survey showing new orders and business activity at record levels, the overstretched supply chains are constraining factory output and work backlogs are building fast. With supply and demand uncertainty across every facet of the air and ocean supply chain, and the COVID-19 pandemic still very much in the frame, how confident can shippers be that trade growth will continue?
 
9:55-10:25 AM ET Shipping Faces Contracting Deja Vu
Session Chair: Greg Knowler, Senior Editor, Europe, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Speaker(s):
Michael Braun, Vice President, Customer Solutions, Xeneta
James Hookham, Director, Global Shippers' Forum
As we approach the traditional last quarter 2022 contract negotiations on Asia-Europe, shippers are up against the same question they faced at this time last year – put out a tender for long-term contracts or wait and see if rates start to come down.
 
10:25-10:30 AM ET Closing Remarks
 
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Aug 19, 2021 2:00PM EDT
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Project logistics industry executives are working with a range of stakeholders as they hunt for a proactive way to root out the most serious pest infestations — ISPM-15 violations — in wood packaging materials used with import cargo. These infestations are frequently found even in packaging materials that have undergone the required treatment processes. They can trigger tough violation enforcement, costly fines, and the re-exporting of products ranging from cargo dunnage and steel coils on skids to part and full charters of high-dollar, schedule-sensitive project cargoes. Official information on global sources of bad wood packaging materials, US re-exporting actions, and the infestations themselves is difficult to get. Industry members believe this lack of transparency exacerbates the problem. 
 
In this roundtable-style webcast, a group of industry stakeholders will discuss why ISPM-15 violations occur despite good-faith efforts to stop them, remedies or the lack thereof, and potential strategies for preventing the problem at the source.
 
Moderator: 
Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speakers:
Diana Davila, Houston Branch Manager, UTC Overseas, Inc.
James Garland Hurst, Customs and International Trade Attorney, Givens & Johnston, PLLC 
Tyrone Jones, Trade Director, Global Forestry Products, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ)
Gary M. Lovett, Ph.D., Senior Scientist Emeritus, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
 
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Aug 12, 2021 2:00PM EDT
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Soaring freight rates, premiums to secure ship loadings, new surcharges, and increasing detention and demurrage fees: The first half of 2021 kicked an already messy world of reconciling contracted rates with freight invoiced into overdrive. That heightened sense of incorrect freight billing only underscores the need to use technology to address chronic industry pain points.
 
This one-hour webcast will explore a burgeoning array of tools available to shippers and third parties across transportation modes to manage the various aspects of the freight audit and payment spectrum, with perspective from technology providers and users.
 
Moderator: Eric Johnson, Senior Editor, Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speaker(s): 
King Alandy Dy, CEO, and Co-Founder, Expedock
Loren VandenBerghe, Director Global Logistics, Recreational Equipment, Inc.
 
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Jul 15, 2021 2:00PM EDT
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The US imported more containerized goods from Asia in the first five months of 2020 than in any previous year, and with the traditional peak shipping season beginning in July, ports and inland logistics suppliers must be prepared to handle continued record volumes. The record pace of imports, which have strained port and warehouse labor, and contributed to vessel bunching and equipment shortages, are projected to increase 33 percent in June, 14 percent in July, 7.5 percent in August, and 1.7 percent in September, according to the Global Port Tracker, published monthly by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. Imports from Asia will undoubtedly continue to increase in the coming months as retailers stock up for back-to-school shopping, which is expected to be much busier than last year as students return to classrooms, as well as holiday merchandise. With so much strain already on the supply chain, what can — and more importantly, will — ports, intermodal operators, and inland hubs do to improve the flow of goods for shippers? Such options as extending terminal gate hours, hiring additional dockworkers, and expediting repairs on chassis and other intermodal equipment are in play, but will the respective stakeholders step up? What does all this mean for importers? What about exporters, who are struggling as much, or more, with finding equipment to move their goods? Finally, what does the peak season even mean anymore, and how long will this surge truly last? 
 
This webcast will answer these questions and more as it takes a deep dive into this critical time in the trans-Pacific and global supply chain.
 
Moderator:
Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor, Trans-Pacific, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speaker(s): 
Daniel Krassenstein, Global Supply Chain Director, Procon Pacific
Alan Murphy, CEO, and Founder, Sea-Intelligence ApS
April Zobel, Manager, Export Logistics, The Andersons Inc.
 
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Jun 24, 2021 2:00PM EDT
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US containerized exports fell 8.1 percent in 2020 compared with 2019, IHS Markit data show, but that’s just the beginning of the pain some exporters are feeling. Commodities such as scrap paper and forest products are on a multiyear slide caused by a combination of tariffs, environmental restrictions, and COVID-19 environmental impacts. Others — agricultural products and resins, among them — are enjoying strong overseas demand, but are struggling to find shipping capacity, in part because exporters say ocean carriers prioritize the return of empty containers to Asia to keep the import supply chain moving at the expense of lower-paying exports. Disruption at inland rail ramps is only exacerbating exporters’ plight in keeping their goods moving. 
 
This webcast, the second in a two-part series around the annual JOC Top 100 Importers & Exporters rankings, will analyze the current trends and outlook for US exporters, examine whether any relief is insight on the land- and ocean-based supply chain, and review the 100 largest US Containerized exporters in 2020, including a breakdown by sector and commodity.
 
Moderator: Eric Johnson, Senior Editor, Technology JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Presenters:
Michael Angell, Associate Editor, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Ari Ashe, Senior Editor, Intermodal Rail, and Southeast Ports, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Dustin Braden, Shipper Engagement Manager, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor, West Coast, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
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Jun 17, 2021 2:00PM EDT
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With record-breaking US import demand expected to continue right through the traditional peak shipping season, shippers are doing everything they can to secure shipping space in what will likely continue to be an incredibly tight market. Retailers, for example, are projecting record sales for the first half of 2021, and with the lagging US manufacturing sector slowly recovering, import volumes will likely continue pouring into the country at a breakneck pace. That could spell more supply chain disruption. 
 
This webcast will take an in-depth look at the changes in consumption brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting “stay-at-home” surge in consumer goods imports, as well as the near-term outlook for specific commodity segments. A key component of the webcast will be a review of the 100 largest US containerized importers in 2020, including a breakdown by sector and commodity, and the specific challenges importers face.
 
Moderator: Eric Johnson, Senior Editor, Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Presenters:
Ari Ashe, Senior Editor, Intermodal Rail, and Southeast Ports, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Dustin Braden, Shipper Engagement Manager, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
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