International trade has faced unprecedented challenges in the wake of COVID-19, and the “past doesn’t pass away so quickly here.” While trade routes may never be the same, one thing is certain – we can all benefit from “lessons learned” as transportation users and service providers emerge from global trade disruption. From demurrage recovery to cargo abandonment, storing containers in third-party yards while having to divert shipments to Canada (or elsewhere), cries of “force majeure” met with blank sailings, deliveries amidst stay-in-place orders, and vessels unable to call to port. “Around the corner, there’s a promise of something daring and ideal and things are just getting going.” Each panelist will address emerging international legal issues affecting the transportation industry post-pandemic, including best practices, e.g., in drafting contracts and shipping document terms and conditions, insurance coverage and litigation considerations, and what the global supply chain will look like post-COVID-19. (Quotations from Bob Dylan’s “Chronicles, Volume One” about the time he spent in New Orleans in the late 1980s).
Moderator: Stephanie S. Penninger, Senior Director, Legal Counsel, XPO Logistics, Charlotte, NC
Presenter(s): Sarah Sweet, Associate, Borden Ladner Gervais, Toronto, ON, Canada
Pamela A. Palmer, Member, Clark Hill LLP, Los Angeles, CA
Derek H. Goodman, Corporate Counsel, Expeditors, Seattle, WA
Mark Newcomb, Counsel and Vice President – Claims & Insurance, Americas, Canada and Caribbean Home Office, ZIM American Integrated Shipping Services Co. LLC, Norfolk, VA