Key issues being discussed


Container Supply Chain conference stream at TOCs in 2019 will bring together analysts and academics, regulators, government agencies and NGOs, cargo owners, port, transport and finance executives to share the latest market intelligence and discuss the impact of these macro trends.


Supply chains are always under constant siege from disruption across the region and around the world and in the age of digitalization and certainly has the potential to become the most disruptive for maritime industry whom must look now to develop a comprehensive strategy to reduce this threat. But how do combat a risk that is constantly evolving and becoming more complex and resilient.


Adapting to mega-ship deployment, big vessel cascading and shipping industry consolidation has  been extremely challenging for port and terminal operators in recent years. Port and connecting landside infrastructure development is vital to trade and nations, but both private and public investments are acutely impacted by shipping industry developments.


Technology has begun to disrupt the ports and container industry and the pace of change will only accelerate. This session will highlight opportunities in port innovation and how collaboration between start-ups and major industry players can bring about pivotal impact.

Key Sessions

We now ask all speakers from today’s BBSC Debate to discuss the issues, challenges and opportunities that have been raised in our roundtable discussion.This promises an exceptional opportunity for the supply chain speaker to cross examine one another and for interests to align.We ask the audience to pose their thoughts and question participants and to delve into the heart of the issue.

Challenges continued to be exerted on container trade and shipping in the wake of fundamental changes to American, Chinese and European trade policies, the rise of new protectionist measures being adopted, the altering of established trade pacts and the ongoing trade battle between the world’s two leading economies now in full flow.

Asia’s two biggest regional economies– Japan and China -  have recorded falling exports for six months and are showing the strain of the new geo-trade realities. The WTO has again reduced its global trade growth outlook to 3.7% and the ongoing threat of retaliatory tariff measures being implemented could exacerbate the slow-down still further.

The continued fallout from shipping mergers and alliances, big ships and assorted initiatives to manage maritime economies of scale and boost revenues will also come under further scrutiny.  This newly consolidated market continues to intensify the competition between ports across Asia. The expectation on ports to improve performance – not just in its operations – also now relates to quality, security, safety, financial sustainability and environmental protection for the shipping lines calling at its ports.

All this comes at the same time as the maritime sector is gearing up to meet major new environmental legislation, in the shape of the IMO 2020 sulphur cap and longer-term decarbonisation goals, putting considerable new cost pressures on shipping lines and ports alike, with knock-on implications for cargo owners.

The industry now looks to become resilient and adaptable in 2019 as market fundamentals continue to develop

Key talking points:

  • Asian trade and container shipping outlook for 2019 and beyond
  • How are geopolitical tensions impacting international and regional trade? What impact have we seen so far?
  • IMO2020 – challenges, costs and opportunities
  • The China-USA trade wars – assessing the risks and responses across the Asia supply chain
  • Is the maritime industry prepared to handle these unforeseeable and ever-changing situations?
  • What does the future look like for containerisation?
  • Are port alliances the answer to growing cost pressures being applied?

Session supported by:  

Technology has begun to disrupt the ports and container industry and the pace of change will only accelerate.

Within this digitalisation of the global trading landscape, start-ups present a new realm of opportunities. The question is: how can the port and supply chain industry leverage new start- up technologies to transform international trade and drive new business value?

This session will highlight opportunities in port innovation and how collaboration between start-ups and major industry players can bring about pivotal impact. In this session, PortXL start-up founders will present their technologies and tackle tough questions in a panel session.

To participate as a delegate contact:

To discuss sponsorship contact:

Vinay Sud
Conference Sales Executive

Tel: +44 (0)20 7017 4352
 Email Vinay

Leonard Field
Commercial Director

Tel: +44 (0)20 7017 4661
 Email Leonard

Other aspects of the show >>

In depth sessions

There will be in depth sessions that will drill down into the macro and micro issues facing supply chain stakeholders

Comprehensive networking programme

The official networking reception will allow attendees to mingle and swap ideas. There will also be extended coffee breaks and lunches to maximise your networking time without missing out on any key sessions.