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Published: 15 February 2017      

Intermodal Asia goes to the summit

Intermodal Asia is launching a new “Industry Leaders Strategy Summit” at its conference in Shanghai next month.

The “Industry Leaders Strategy Summit” (ILSS) is part of the Intermodal Asia conference and exhibition being staged in Shanghai on 21-22 March 2017. “Bringing together leading experts within the intermodal and container industry, this inaugural Summit will provide a platform to discuss strategic global issues and trends, as well as facilitating business networking,” conference organiser Informa stated.

The ILSS will focus on specific themes including; ‘On the Horizon: Outlook for Trade and the Market’, ‘The Container Industry: Moving Forward in a Changed Landscape’, ‘Smart Ports for the 21st Century’ and an ‘Update on China’s One Belt, One Road’.

One of the highlights is expected to be Nik Delmeire, Secretary General at the European Shippers’ Council, teaming up with Thomas Emil Jensen, from Maersk Line to give a joint presentation in the session ‘Developing and Maintaining an Optimised and Transparent Supply Chain’. In particular they will discuss how to increase effectiveness of law enforcement and security through less intrusive technologies and seamless interoperability, allowing for “end to end visibility”.  The session will highlight an EU Funded project in which Maersk is a partner.

The session on China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative includes Kees Kuijken, Board Member of New Silk Way Logistics and CEO at KLG Europe presenting a case study on the ‘End-to-end intermodal logistics between China and Europe’, drawing on experience from the first rail shipments between China and Europe. 

These have received a great deal of publicity, but questions remain over whether all of the services are viable. Officially, OBOR is a runaway success - services started in 2016 and government figures showed that by June almost 2,000 trains had carried US$17 billion worth of goods between Europe and China. 

However, the number and cost of wagon changes required over the full supply chain, and the extent to which services are being subsidised by local Governments in China call into question whether OBOR is really on such a sound footing.

This will be addressed by Tatiana Serova, Commercial Director, A.R.T Logistics in a presentation on ‘Customer Satisfaction of China Europe Trains’. “The Customer Satisfaction of China Europe Trains is a very important factor in the product, especially with the view that the subsidy will not exist forever” said Serova. “Without the support from the market, it is impossible for this to become a steady logistics solution.” 

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