The fastest way between two points is still a straight line, yet recent demands on the global supply chain continue to push and pull shippers.

With U.S. soybean supplies trending tighter and ongoing global logistical challenges, shipping continues to be key to supply chain efficiencies. Since this time last year, resurging business and consumer demands have stretched manufacturers’ and producers’ capabilities as material and labor shortages created bottlenecks throughout the supply chain. The agricultural sector witnessed increased time to move agricultural goods, cost of transport, and advanced bookings.

They will host two sessions examining transportation. Navigating the Oceans: Mega Trends in Shipping, led by Guy Hindley, managing partner of the dry cargo division of Howe Robinson Partners. He will look at bulk shipping trends, COVID’s impact on the logistics, and where opportunities exist for businesses hoping to secure reliable supplies and show up for customers in new ways. Hindley’s session is at 9:55 a.m. (CDT) on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

Hindley, who has spent his career in bulk freight and shipping, directs Howe Robinson’s research team, which produces regular reports covering all aspects of the dry bulk commodity and freight market.

The second session on transportation, Navigating the Oceans: A Deeper Dive into Container Shipping & Transportation Challenges at 9:45 p.m. (CDT) also on Wednesday, Aug. 25, will explore container shipping challenges and opportunities. Darwin Rader of ZFS will moderate a panel with Bryan Paskewicz of Ray-Mont Logistics and other industry experts.

Rader, who has spent more than 14 years with ZFS, is responsible for the expansion of international sales with a focus on the Pacific Rim countries. ZFS specializes in soy processing for food, feed, food-grade oils and biofuels.

Through the COVID pandemic, containerized agricultural products have struggled as logjammed ports and container availability compounded material and labor shortages. The panel will discuss whether the worst is behind us or if more difficulties are around the bend, as well as what organizations can do to ensure delivery and receipt of what they need and when they need it.

Learn how these global shipping trends impact your business, and attend other sessions on U.S. crop quality, trade with China and the global vegetable oil balance sheet by registering for GTE today. Virtual attendance and in-person options are available. Register now.