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Focusing on the fundamentals

Dealing with fundamental supply chain issues like long dwell times will be key to resolving stubborn import-export problems in North America, delegates at this year’s Import Export North America summit will hear…

WWL_Baltimore_auto2BALTIMORE HARBOUR, MARYLAND – August 4th, 2016: “My focus this year is productivity, productivity and productivity… we need to chase down the fundamentals of our supply chains.” That’s what Marc Brazeau, director of outbound and Mexico logistics at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US, told Finished Vehicle Logistics earlier this year when he was asked about the key challenges facing the North American automotive supply chain sector.

And who can argue with that need to chase down the fundamentals when chronic inefficiencies are still hampering automotive imports to and exports from the continent?

With North American ports and rail yards still wrestling with space constraints as a growing driver shortage puts the brakes on car transporter capacity, it’s more important than ever for those in the auto import/export business to take a holistic view of their logistics networks and knit them together more efficiently.

Clearly, cutting long dwell times will be a critical part of this. And cutting those dwell times – whether through better port choice, better load building or better technology – will be the theme at the very heart of this year’s Import Export North America conference in Baltimore on August 10th.

A host of sector-leading speakers at the one-day event – which takes place at the largest auto port in North America – will be on stage to give their views on just how to achieve that.

Among the OEM speakers are Bryan Burke, Department Head, National Vehicle Distribution at BMW of North America; Alfonso Rodriguez, Manager Operations, NA & Intercontinental Vehicle Logistics at General Motors; and Michael D’Angelo, Port Manager – Davisville, Rhode Island at VW Group of America. And they will be supported by a host of other industry speakers such as Michael Rodriguez, Deputy Maritime Administrator at the US Department of Transportation; James White, Executive Director at Maryland Port Administration; and Brian Mason, Vice-President of Planning, Analysis & Development at Pasha Automotive Services.


Together, they will discuss a wide range of issues including the outlook for the North American import-export sector, the next-generation infrastructure required, how to optimize flows and the need for greater collaboration in the industry.

This will be the third Import Export North America summit, now a firmly established and highly regarded part of the North American logistics scene.

“This has been the most informative conference I have attended,” said Stacey Masuda, sales logistics supervisor at American Honda Motor, after last year’s event. “If you’re in the auto import-export business, you should be at this conference,” agreed Sean Mahoney, director of marketing at the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority. “Extremely informative and relevant… a must for anyone in finished vehicle logistics,” added Deborah Newton, director of strategic planning at Montway Auto Transport.

With plenty of opportunities to rub shoulders with the people shaping tomorrow’s international automotive supply chains, including a networking lunch and the post-conference drinks reception, this year’s event is expected to attract all the key players in the North American import/export scene.

It is supported by premier sponsor the Port of Baltimore; global sponsors Changjiu Logistics/CDC and CTM Worldwide/Lohr Industrie; gold sponsor The Pasha Group; and silver sponsors Confezioni Andrea Group, MetroGistics, Montway Auto Transport and ProAct International.

For more information, please see the conference website.