2016 Cargo Optimization Seminar
AAPA’s Cargo Optimization program featured two concurrent tracks addressing both container and non-container issues pertinent to today’s ports. The Supply Chain Optimization track examined challenges relating to terminal congestion, chassis and empties management, operational practices and communication gaps along the supply chain.
IMO Container Weight Verification Webinar
The AAPA, the World Shipping Council (WSC), the National Association of Waterfront Employers (NAWE) and the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) teamed together for a webinar to discuss the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) requirement that shippers verify container weights effective July 1, 2016. The webinar addressed feedback concerning implementation of the policy change requiring shippers to provide a verified weight (verified gross mass or VGM) for all packed containers prior to loading aboard a ship for export and its impact on ports.
2016 Shifting International Trade Routes
The program addressed shifting international trade routes and how the various players in the transportation industry view the progress of recovery from the recent economic recession. The program also focused on how trade patterns and infrastructure needs will be affected by the planned expansion of the Panama Canal.
AAPA Press Release: Roundtable Underscores Importance of 21st Century U.S. Ports To Drive Job Growth
At a meeting on March 7, 2016, in Baltimore, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, together with leaders from ports, labor, and shipping and retail companies from around the country, came together to find ways the federal government and the freight industry can work collaboratively to build 21st century ports – and lay the foundations for sustained long-term growth.