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Carriers, supply chain solution providers, terminal operators and forwarders are all competing for direct relationships with cargo owners, but what about ports? As importers, exporters and traders seek to solve their supply chain headaches, what do they expect from port authorities? Hear from Lori Fellmer, vice president of logistics and carrier management at the chemical company BassTech International, and chair of the ocean transportation committee of the U.S. National Industrial Transportation League. In this latter capacity Lori Fellmer has been a vocal advocate of the U.S. 2022 Ocean Shipping Reform Act, which is seen as a crucial step toward addressing systemic issues contributing to the unprecedented disruption to the ocean shipping network.
With the huge impact of the pandemic on supply chains, cargo owners, shipowners, forwarders and supply chain companies now actively select their ports of choice based on their ability to absorb shocks, such as sudden upticks or collapses in volumes, an extreme weather event, or a cyber attack. What should ports do to make themselves more resilient?