Tuesday, 30 July 2019

7:30 AM — 6:00 PM

Registration

Location: Gran Salon Foyer

8:00 — 9:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

Location: Gran Salon Foyer

Sponsored by:

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9:00 — 9:15 AM

Welcome Remarks

Location: Gran Salon

Senior Editor,
US Northeast and Mexico,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Hugh Morley

9:15 — 10:00 AM

Keynote Address

Location: Gran Salon

Senior Editor,
US Northeast and Mexico,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Introduction

Hugh Morley

Managing Director,
Mexico and Central America,
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co.

Keynote Speaker

Morten Moller Weisdal

10:00 — 11:00 AM

Market Outlook:
Analyzing the Economic and Shipping Landscape

Location: Gran Salon

Mexico’s 8.7 percent growth in cargo volumes in 2018 outpaced that of the US (4.5 percent) and Canada (4.8 percent), with Mexico’s top four ports — Manzanillo, Lazaro Cardenas, Veracruz, and Altamira — seeing especially strong increases. The four ports were among the fastest growing in the JOC’s Top 25 North American port ranking. Yet the Mexican economy is stumbling, with IHS Markit expecting GDP growth of just 1.6 percent this year, in a forecast clouded by concerns about security and lack of clarity on whether President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) policies will be business friendly. The port cargo growth is fueled in part by domestic consumption, and the US economy, with strong demand for Mexican products boosting imports of raw materials and parts to be made into finished goods for export. Ocean carriers face a port system that will be enhanced by the opening of a major new terminal at the Port of Veracruz, and relative fluidity at the ports, but difficulties inland, with tight trucking capacity pushing up rates and concerns over rail reliability after the teachers blockade in January shut down two main lines. This panel will take a wide-ranging look at the key factors shaping the Mexican economy in 2019, and how they affect ocean carriers bringing imports and exports into and out of the country.

Executive Editor,
JOC.com and
The Journal of Commerce,
Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Session Chair

Mark Szakonyi

Director,
Transportation Consulting,
Economics and Country Risk,
IHS Markit

Panelist

Paul Bingham

Managing Director,
Mexico,
Kuehne + Nagel

Panelist

Reto Malfatti

General Manager,
Mexico,
Sealand

Panelist

Patricia Perez Salazar

11:00 — 11:30 AM

Networking Break

Location: Gran Salon Foyer

Sponsored by:

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11:30 AM — 12:30 PM

US-Mexico Trade:
Is There Hope for Harmony?

Location: Gran Salon

Senior Vice President,
Global Energy
IHS Markit

Session Chair

Carlos Pascual

Mexico and the US each find themselves led by a populist heads of state with ambitions to reshape their countries, albeit working from different ends of the political spectrum. Even before the election of President Andre Manuel Obrador Lopez (AMLO), US President Donald Trump’s policies had triggered conflict with Mexico around trade, including the renegotiation of — and threat of to abandon — the North American Free Trade Agreement, border crossing and immigration issues, and tariffs over steel. Yet there are also signs that Mexico could become a manufacturer of choice for an increasing number of shippers, who are unnerved by the US-China trade war and would prefer a more reliable sourcing location. Key to the US-Mexico trade relationship will be whether the proposed US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) passes all three countries’ legislatures and how it works if it does. This panel will look at the key issues facing the US-Mexico relationship, what impact the arrival of AMLO and the USMCA will have on the trading environment, and what shippers are looking for in Mexico’s logistics environment.

Partner,
Aguilar y Loera,
S.C.

Panelist

Juan Antonio Dorantes

Partner,
International Trade Group, Venable 

Panelist

Jeffrey G. Weiss

12:30 — 1:30 PM

Customs Reform:
What Do Shippers Need and Want

Location: Gran Salon

Senior Editor,
US Northeast and Mexico,
JOC, Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

Session Chair

Hugh Morley

Owner, Borderless Consulting Group,and Founding Partner,Radar Customs & Logistics 

Panelist

Fernando Ramos Casas

Carlos E Ortega Garcia, Director, Traffic and Imports, Axo Group 

Panelist

Carlos E Ortega Garcia

 Head of Innovaton,

Hutchison Ports Mexico

Panelist

Jorge Magno Lecona Murillo

Operations Manager,

Grupo Prodensa

Panelist

Maria Elena Sierra

General Manager,
Transportation,
C.H. Robinson

Panelist

Luca Winters

Shippers say the passage of cargo through customs is often the biggest challenge to their supply chain. They find it a lengthy, uncertain and confusing process in which the outcome is invariably difficult to predict. Ricardo Peralta Saucedo, Mexico’s administrator general de customs, has launched a review of the process that he says will fight corruption and provide sweeping reforms.This panel will look at shippers’ underlying issues and concerns in moving their cargo through the customs and what needs to be done to improve the passage.

1:30  — 2:30 PM

Networking Lunch

Location: Guadalajara

Sponsored by:

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2:30  — 3:30 PM

Crisis at the Border:
Planning for Disruption

Location: Gran Salon

Senior Editor,
Trucking,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Session Chair

William Cassidy

Director,

Operations,
Transportes EASO

Panelist

Diego Anchustegui

Co-CEO,
Fletes Mexico

Panelist

Miguel Gomez Tapia

Regional Manager,
Mexico,
GlobalTranz

Panelist

David Henry

President, Mexican Association of Intermodal Transport (AMTI), and Associate Director, Mexico Intermodal, Werner Enterprises

Panelist

Humberto Vargas

The recent spate of lengthy lines at border crossing points from Mexico into the US, with truckers waiting for hours to cross, offered further proof of the sensitivity of cross-border supply chains. This time, delays were due to the shift of customs officers from cargo inspection stations to immigration responsibilities, a trend that shows no signs of abating. Yet equipment shortages, customs issues, and tight trucking capacity are just some of the challenges shippers routinely face when moving goods across the border. Approximately $1.7 billion worth of goods cross into the US from Mexico every day, according to the US Chamber of Commerce, and nearly 70 percent of those goods move by truck, US Bureau of Transportation Statistics data show. The inspection process for intermodal cargo is smoother, but the trip by rail is longer. That’s prompted a growing number of shippers to try moving their goods by ship from Mexican Gulf Coast ports through Florida and into the US, in a bid to avoid the congestion. Still, that represents a tiny portion of growing cross-border traffic. More than 6.3 million trucks crossed the border in 2018, a 4.5 percent increase over 2017, fueled by a strong US economy and American consumers’ demand for more goods. This panel will explore the difficulties confronted by shippers whose supply chains stretch across the US-Mexican border, and the ways in which they confront and resolve them.

3:30  — 4:00 PM

Networking Break

Location: Gran Salon Foyer

4:00  — 5:00 PM

View From the Top:
A Roundtable Discussion With Industry Leaders

Location: Gran Salon

Senior Vice President,
Global Energy,
IHS Markit

Session Chair

Carlos Pascual

Mexico appears on the cusp of being a key regional cargo hub, with a thriving logistics, manufacturing, and transportation sector that sits next to the world’s largest consumer market. At some point, however, Mexico has to rise up, shrug off the doubts that some have about its performance, and be recognized as a solid and undeniable leader in the region. That will take leadership across the board, managerial skills, and extensive collaboration. This panel of top industry leaders will look at the main issues facing their sector, how they can be overcome, and what needs to be done for Mexico to reach its potential as a regional — even global — logistics hub. They will look at how these factors are different from the past, how they will play out in the future, and what key changes they would like to see.

President,
CANACAR

Panelist

Enrique Gonzalez

General Coordinator, Ports and Merchant Marine
Secretariat of Communications and Transportation

Panelist

Hector Lopez Gutierrez

Managing Director,

Mexico and Middle America,

Maersk Line

Panelist

Alexandra Loboda

President and Director General,
Daimler Commercial Vehicles Mexico

Panelist

Flavio Rivera

5:00 — 5:30 PM

Standardization and Digitization:

A view of the Future from TradeLens

Location: Gran Salon

Vice President,

Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Speaker Introduction

Peter Tirschwell

Head of Strategy and Business Development, TradeLens.

IBM Industry Platforms

Featured Speaker

Juan Ruiz

5:30 — 7:00 PM

Networking Reception

Location: Gran Salon Foyer

Sponsored by:

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