TPM 2023 Conference

February 28, 2023 /

The Transpacific Maritime (TPM) conference is a prominent annual event that brings together industry experts, executives, and stakeholders in the maritime and logistics sectors. The conference is typically held in Long Beach, California, which is home to one of the busiest ports in the world.

One of the key themes that has emerged in recent TPM conferences is the shifting geo-political landscape that modern supply chains must navigate. This has been driven by a range of factors, including changing trade policies, geopolitical tensions, and the rise of new economic powers.

Other topics of discussion at TPM conferences have included the impact of digitalisation and automation on supply chains, the increasing importance of sustainability and environmental responsibility, and the need for greater collaboration and communication among stakeholders in the maritime and logistics sectors.

Last years conference was post COVID-19 pandemic and this year the shipping industry has experienced a significant turnaround from the initial disruptions caused by the pandemic in 2022. Shipping rates have stabilised after a year of unprecedented highs due to the global supply chain disruptions and cargo bottlenecks. Additionally, shipping companies have increased their capacity by adding new vessels to their fleets, which has helped to ease the shortage of available shipping space. Port congestion has also improved in many parts of the world, which has further contributed to the stabilisation of shipping rates.

There are still some challenges, such as ongoing labor shortages and supply chain bottlenecks in certain regions, but the shipping industry has adapted to the challenges posed by the pandemic and is poised for growth in the coming years, as global trade continues to rebound.

The conference is focusing on the positive, with building shipper / carrier relationships and carbon neutral shipping high on the agenda. There is also a session on the container shipping outlook, stating that just weeks into 2023, the market is almost unrecognisable compared to the past two years of massive pandemic impact. If the market was defined then by tonnage idled outside of ports combined with a consumer spending surge that together produced a state of unprecedented tightness and stratospheric rates, now it looks positively normal. 

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