Beyond digital - trade wars, shipping outlook & infra investment

03 December 2018

Growth in world trade and, especially, port volumes is better than for some long time. But the global and regional impact of escalating tariffs and increased protectionist policies will remain high on the TOC agenda for 2019. “While the prospects for seaborne trade are positive, these are threatened by the outbreak of trade wars and increased inward-looking policies. Escalating protectionism and tit-for-tat tariff battles will potentially disrupt the global trading system which underpins demand for maritime transport,” said Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD, the United Nation Conference on Trade and Development, launching its 2018 Annual Review of Maritime Transport this October. 

Doing more with less - Defining the ports of the future

03 December 2018

Ports and terminals have unfortunately often been characterised as black holes of information, not least by cargo owners. This is despite the fact that port community systems represent some of the earliest IT initiatives to combine operational, commercial and regulatory data around import and export shipments and trade compliance.

Creating the new reality – open standards, interoperability and governance needed

03 December 2018

As Lamia Kerdoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General of FEPORT, the Federation of European Private Port Companies and Terminals, observed at TOC Europe 2018: "Opensystems and engagement of all parties, with due governance, is vital to getting value from digitalisation along maritime logistics chains and to deal with disruption."

Unleashing the value of new technology – changing processes, changing mindsets, connecting data

03 December 2018

With an astounding $14.2 trillion of new global wealth to be realised through Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies by 2022, according to the World Economic Forum, now is the time for industry members to join up and develop comprehensive innovation strategies which will enable information to flow much more seamlessly between the many different players and actors who make up today’s often lengthy, opaque and fragmented supply chains. 

Automation, Digitialization & Standardization

03 December 2018

Achieving true industry collaboration and redefining supply chain roles in a re-mixed and re-shaped world

For over 40 years, TOC Events has provided trusted forums for executives across the global ports, terminals, shipping and maritime logistics sector to network, learn and debate the big issues of the day. And over the past few years, there have been some very big issues to discuss.

Shippers unveil new initiative to strengthen supply chain in war against fakes

08 May 2018

Some of the world's largest blue-chip shippers have expanded their fight against the trade in counterfeit goods.

They have called on maritime logistics suppliers, container carriers and the freight forwarders that coordinate shipments, to introduce policies to ensure they only carry legitimate trade.

The Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) group introduced a Know Your Customer (KYC) best practices agreement at this week's TOC Container Supply Chain event in Singapore, urging maritime operators to verify the legitimacy of their customers and take steps to identify high-risk shipments.

Bigger ships and bigger ports an opening for 3PLs to revolutionise supply chains

27 April 2018

While the consolidation of liner shipping companies into larger alliances and associated deployment of larger vessels on the Asia-Europe trades appears to be leading to a reduced range of port choices for shippers, it could, perversely, bring opportunities for logistics service providers with access to significant trucking capacity.

Edoardo Podesta, MD Asia-Pacific for Dachser’s air and sea forwarding unit, told The Loadstar on the sidelines of this week’s TOC Container Supply Chain event in Singapore that concerns about rising freight prices due to consolidation..

PSA & CrimsonLogic announce new platform for Shippers & 3PLs

26 April 2018

Singapore port operator PSA and logistics software developer CrimsonLogic used TOC Asia to announce the release of a new trade platform for shippers and their 3PLs. It will enable them to manage and monitor the physical, regulatory and financial flow of goods passing through PSA’s network of terminals.

Terminal transformation – disruption, digitalization & supply chain dynamics

9 April 2018

Ahead of TOC Asia in Singapore this month, the TOC research team assesses the 2018 landscape for shipping, ports and terminals and looks at how smart technologies will continue to challenge and change the game

Automation focus @ TOC Asia

22 March 2018

TOC Asia again offers free to attend technical seminars as part of its offering to the global port and terminal communities. The two-day TECH TOC conference programme has digitalization at the heart of all discussions and features many global manufacturers alongside regional terminal operators. 

Digitalization & Disruption theme to take centre-stage at TOC Asia on 24 & 25 April during Singapore Maritime Week

10 January 2018

PSA International, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Dascher, ICTSI, Ericsson & Caterpillar  already confirmed as speakers. TOC Asia returns to Singapore - one of the world’s most important transhipment hubs - in conjunction with Singapore Maritime Week.  

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