London, 18 July 2018: Against the backdrop of the uncompromising U.S. trade agenda and the industry’s embrace of the newly expanded Panama Canal, the TOC Americas Conference and Exhibition (13 – 15 November) will return to Panama for a series of global and regional discussions and debates. Since TOC was last in Panama –  just prior to the official inauguration – the new Canal locks are now open for business facilitating record transits, making this the ideal time for TOC Americas to be back in Panama.

As Mr Jorge L. Quijano predicted in his keynote address in 2015, the expansion of the Panama Canal has radically altered how goods are moved, not only in the region but across the world. “Less than one year in, and the impact of the Expanded Canal is already evident across the world,” said Jorge L. Quijano speaking earlier this year. He continues “As liners continue to reroute services and consolidate cargo on larger vessels, we look forward to welcoming the increase of Neopanamax traffic with the same safe, reliable service our customers have come to expect.”

Jorge L. Quijano has just been confirmed to return to TOC Americas and deliver the Keynote Address at this year’s TOC Americas and will officially welcome the audience back to Panama for the first time in 3 years.

Talking points in the Container Supply Chain Conference at TOC Americas will include

  • Economic and trade outlook for the Americas
  • New alliance structure and impact on the industry
  • Updates on Blockchain and related technologies
  • Digitalization: Developing a digital infrastructure
  • Challenges for the chilled logistics trade
  • Investment and infrastructure

After the ultimate low of 2017’s Hanjin collapse, ocean carriers are coming out of some very lean years. The region’s leading shipping lines will be represented at TOC Americas including Lars Oestergaard Nielsen, President – Latin America & Caribbean, Maersk Line and Howard Finkel, EVP, COSCO Container Lines both confirmed to speak.

TOC Americas attracts ports and terminals from across the Americas as both delegates and speakers with APM Terminals, TC Mariel, PSA, Terminal Portuario de Manta and Hutchison Ports all confirmed and with several U.S. port operators soon to be announced.

Analysts and consultants will be represented by companies including Development Bank of Latin America, Hofstra University, S&P Global, Drewry, BSI Group and the United Nations – Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean.

The conference agenda will be released shortly and details of the legendary TOC Americas networking programme will also be announced.

For up to date information on TOC Americas you can follow the TOC company page on Linked in or complete the online enquiry form

TOC Americas format

2-track conference programme: Container Supply Chain (which includes a session on Cold Chain) and TECH TOC – Terminal Operations (which includes  session on Bulk)

Technical Tour:  Details to be announced soon

Comprehensive networking programme: Details to be announced soon

The TOC Americas Conference App:  Participants at the conference will benefit from a bespoke conference app which allows attendees to put questions directly to panels (anonymously if preferred) as well as create bespoke agendas and meeting lists of exhibitors.

The TOC Americas port technology exhibition will feature suppliers from across the globe including Camco Technologies, Phoenix Terminal Solutions, Terberg Tractors Americas, ABB, Liebherr and Prysmian.

TOC Americas

13 – 15 November 2018
Megapolis Hard Rock Hotel, Panama City, Panama


About TOC Worldwide

For 40 years, TOC Worldwide has provided the market-leading conference and exhibition forums for the global port and terminal industries and their customers. With a change of name to TOC Container Supply Chain, the TOC event portfolio is now evolving fast to attract a wider audience of container supply chain professionals.

Taking place each year in the world’s four key shipping hubs – Europe, Middle East, Americas and Asia – each TOC is now a complete container supply chain event for its region, bringing together cargo owners, logistics providers, carriers, ports, terminals and other key members of the container supply chain to learn, debate, network and foster new business solutions.

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