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Asia Trade Outlook Forum: How to plan for a future in flux


Economists and analysts will examine near term scenarios for energy and commodity markets; and the Asia container and port sectors.  


Energy shipping is in flux. As 2020 approaches with all the regulatory disruption that implies, refinery diets are changing and the US is accelerating its global dominance as provider of refined products – all against a backdrop of trade tariffs, sanctions and redirected crude flows. 


Meanwhile, the escalation of the trade war between China and the US is shifting trade routes and long-established assumptions about containerised trade flows, posing serious questions for transhipment super hubs like Singapore, but also affecting throughput forecasts for several of Asia’s rapid risers through the Top 100 Ports league. 


China’s slowing pains further complicate forecasting. After three decades of strong growth, the world’s second largest economy has been cooling, creating both opportunity and risk for neighbouring Asian economies and all sectors of maritime trade.


Lloyd’s List’s Asia Trade Outlook Forum will bring together leading macro economists, maritime trade analysts and knowledgeable industry executives to give regional business leaders an insightful look at the year ahead, identifying economic trends locally, nationally, and internationally that will potentially impact strategic planning.


Attendees will get detailed analysis of the mid-term maritime markets, together with the opportunity to interact with our expert panelists in the kind of practical conversation required as they review their own plans for the new year – a unique opportunity making this forum one of the must-attend events on the 2019 maritime business calendar.


Panel 1: Energy and commodity trades in flux    Panel 2: Container trades and ports


A panel of macro economists and sector specific energy and commodity shipping analysts outline the most likely scenarios ahead for key trade lanes, along with the implications, opportunities and threats these shifts imply for shipping businesses based in Asia.


Analysts, container experts and port groups discuss the shifting supply demand trends and look ahead to next year’s likely trade scenarios.




Richard Meade, Managing Editor, Lloyd’s List
Ojas Doshi, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Rhodium Resources
Fergus Eley, Head of Maritime, Enterprise BHP
Ralph Leszczynski, Global Head of Research, Banchero Costa
Punit Oza, General Manager, Klaveness Asia




Cichen Shen, Lloyd’s List China Editor
Stephen Ashworth, Managing Director, Thailand & South East Asia, Hutchison Ports
Richard Hiller, Global Head - Sales, Customer Service, Documentation, Ocean Network Express
Steven Lee, Country Director Freight Management,Singapore, CEVA Logistics
Christopher Palsson, Director of Consulting, Lloyd’s List Intelligence
Tom Rogers, Head of Asia Macroeconomics Consulting, Oxford Economics


Meet the panelists    Register to attend

General enquiries:

Lisa Anderberg

+ 44 (0)20 7551 9560


Sponsorship enquiries:

Arundhati Saha

+ 65 6508 2425

Sponsored by:

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