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Bengal Chamber’s Annual Shipping & Logistics Conclave set for Feb. 4-6 on virtual platform

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The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCC&I) is organising its 10th edition of the Annual Shipping and Logistics Conclave 2020-21, having the theme “Kolkata – The Hub of Logistics for Bay of Bengal and Gateway to the North East and Neighbouring Countries” on February 4th, 5th and 6th 2021 at 5 pm on a virtual platform.

The shipping and logistics industry is passing through a phase of uncertainty due to an over-tonnage situation, unhealthy competition, drop in international trade, ever increasing operational costs, etc. leading to a downturn in the global maritime trade as well as in the logistics business in the international market. The logistics sector plays a very important role and the global supply chain aids the development and growth of trade and industry. The maritime and logistics industry, being the backbone of international trade, plays a pivotal role in re-shaping the country’s economy as well as in the transportation of cargo across the globe. There are many ancillary businesses dependent on shipping and logistics like Ports, Airports, Barge Industry, Warehousing, Cold Chains, E-Commerce, etc. which contribute substantially in their respective business verticals to support the maritime trade and logistics sector globally.

The objective of the conclave is to highlight, through multiple focused sessions, the present scenario in the shipping and logistics sector, particularly in the East and also cross-border logistics between the east and the neighbouring countries, to identify the underlying opportunities and challenges and to prepare a way forward to bring in further developments and growth of this sector.

The target participants would be senior government officials, domestic and ex-im traders from the East, North East and our neighbouring countries like Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, etc., representatives from the Shipping Lines, Shipping Agents, Port Officials, Freight Forwarders and Logistics Service Providers, Vessel and Barge Owners and Operators, representatives from the ship and barge building and repairing industry, Supply Chain Operators, Maritime Institutes, Industry Associations, Corporate Bodies, etc.

The conclave would provide a clear picture of the shipping and logistics sector in the country, particularly in the East, by showcasing the underlying opportunities prevailing in the maritime and logistics industry and the challenges being faced by the stakeholders. The conclave would help work out a detailed Plan of Action based on its outcomes, which would help in the further development and growth of the maritime trade and the logistics fraternity in the country, particularly in the East, emphasised a release..

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