Think outside the box during times of supply chain disruption and geopolitical instability

The latest geopolitical situations and pandemic-related shutdowns in China are the latest events to rock global supply chains. In this webinar together with the Benelux Chamber of Commerce in China, Ahlers provides several examples of how to be nimble and creative during times of supply chain disruption and geopolitical instability. 

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We talk about new forwarding patterns arising, trends in trade facilitation, and business examples of how we drive creativity and innovation - especially when you operate in countries with a challenging logistics environment - having local knowledge and a trustworthy partner on the ground is vital. 

Questions to discuss: 

  • Are you evaluating new transport lanes to and from Russia?
  • Are you exploring new business opportunities in Ukraine?
  • Reconsidering your supply chain strategies?
  • Evaluating new route-to-market strategies following the sanctions in Russia?



Creativity and Innovation During a Crisis. Adapting solutions to local needs.

During this introduction, Stefan will discuss some of the lessons learned on how to be nimble and keep ourselves ahead of changes. “Our customers will come to us with their instant problems, and we need to be the solution to their challenges… this is what innovation means to me lately."

Stefan Van Doorslaer, CEO, Ahlers

Supply chain disruption, transportation issues, and Eurasian Economic Union developments amidst current geopolitical instability

We see the global transport and logistics sector recovery entering a new phase, expecting overall growth – despite the geopolitical instability and continued supply chain disruption. Experiencing some of the biggest challenges in the supply chain has pushed us to revise our logistics processes and sourcing patterns.  Efficiency and lowering cost are no longer the leading focus, with damages following production interruptions and workarounds which could further impact transport. So which options do we have?

During this session, Didier will talk about how new lanes in international forwarding are emerging, with changing routes such as China investing heavily in Eurasian corridors and shipping through Turkey and Kazakhstan into Russia. 

Didier Duponselle, BU Director Supply Chain Solutions, Ahlers

New trends in trade following supply chain frictions, sanctions, and shifts in global trade models.

We expect a trade facilitation shift approach followed by the sanctions in Russia, although trade facilitation for non-impacted (sanctioned) goods continues to remain high on the agenda, there is a growing market in parallel import, fueled by decreased import taxes. Meanwhile, we see leading brands that were present in Russia, being replaced by Russian-owned or Chinese stakeholders/investors.

During this presentation, Arno will dive deeper into the latest trends in trade facilitation. How we see a shift in the supply of goods from other regions into Russia, with companies sourcing in different markets and one in which European manufacturers are replaced by Asian companies. He will discuss the growing demand for Western products in China and a world of booming e-commerce.

Arno Coster, Commercial Director Trade Facilitation Ahlers