BERLIN/HONG KONG 22.09.2016 -Delegates congregating from Europe, the US and Asia to attend the 2nd Cool Logistics Asia conference in Hong Kong on 7 September may have wondered whether the perishable supply chain is reaching breaking point. Shippers, carriers, freight forwarders and customers were all still reeling from the news of Hanjin’s bankruptcy, after the Korean carrier filed for receivership on 31 August, just a week before.
Although it was too early to fully assess repercussions on perishables, such as fruit and vegetables, the failure of the world’s 7th largest container line was inevitably a key topic of debate. The Hanjin receivership was causing short-term havoc in the market, affecting shippers and alliance partners alike, said Thomas Eskesen of consulting firm Eskesen Advisory, former head of reefers at Maersk Line, and one of the conference moderators.
Cool Logistics Asia returns to Hong Kong alongside Asia Fruit Logistica on 6-8 September 2017.