China World Logistics Conference was successfully held at Nanjing International Expo Center on Nov, 19 2008. It was co-organized by CCPIT (China Council for the Promotion and International Trade), CITEF (China International Talent Exchange Foundation) and AST&L (American Society of Transportation and Logistics) and gained continuous support from China Ministry of Commerce (MOC), China Ministry of Transport (MOT), US Department of Commerce (DOC), and US Department of Transportation (DOT). About 300 domestic representatives and 100 overseas representatives who came from North American and European countries attended the conference.
Attendees had deep discussions on hot topics and current issues concerning logistics industry during the two-days conference. Representatives from China Ministry of Commerce and the US Department of Commerce gave their insights about the further opening of China domestic logistics market and strengthen international cooperation. Representatives from McKinsey & Co. provided the presentation about the current US economic situation and its effects on logistics.
After the mega Ministry of Transport was founded in China, China MOT and US DOT had exchanged their ideas about the cooperation in dangerous goods transportation many times. AST&L specially invited senior officials from Office of International Standards, Office of Hazardous Materials Safety, US DOT and hosted the dangerous goods transportation roundtable discussion during the conference. DOW Chemicals and other Top 500 enterprises introduced the international regulation of dangerous goods transportation and American experience in this field. Representatives also discussed further Hazmat cooperation opportunities between China and US. The conference announced that AST&L got official support from US DOT to set up a Sino- American Transportation Safety Research Institute which focus on Hazmat transportation safety training.
Foods safety has been paid more and more attention and a high quality cold chain logistics service is very important for promoting foods safety. In the cold chain topic, HAVI Logistics (provider of the Olympics Game foods logistics service), Carrier Transicold China, Metro Group Logistics China, Global Cold Chain Alliance provided the latest cold chain logistics equipments and cold chain logistics management technology around the world.
China – Eurasia logistics cooperation is growing in importance as the push to develop the western regions of China continues, senior representative from International Road Transport Union and Estonian Logistics Association and professional organizations from other countries deeply discussed about how to increase speed, cost cutting, advance the safety and so on in freight operation through logistics model innovation.
The shortage of logistics professional has become the biggest challenge in the industry. During the conference, China and US professional organizations, institutes and companies fully discussed the training of practical and international logistics talents. US DOC granted special funds to AST&L for logistics training program development in China, which is also considered as an important part of Sino- American logistics cooperation.