Norfolk -- The theme of the Virginia Maritime Association's May 13, 2010, International Trade Symposium will be "Charting New Horizons" and is intended to convey the sense of careful optimism for the future in a new and changing environment for shippers and logistics service providers.
The program will include three panel discussions:
1) Export Expectations: Exporters and their service providers will discuss challenges faced by shippers and strategies being employed to successfully grow exports.
2) Seeing Green: This discussion centers on the ability to decrease environmental impacts in, and the environmental practices that are developing within the supply chain.
3) Reaching New Horizons: This focuses on the changes taking place that set Virginia apart now and in the future, highlighting Virginia's strategic advantages.
During his luncheon keynote speech, "Fixing Ocean Carrier Liner Policy", Peter Keller, principal of Peter I. Keller and Associates, LLC, and until recently executive vice president and chief operating officer of NYK Group America, will discuss the roller coaster that is the liner business and lay out some ideas going forward to create a more viable liner industry for the long term.
Gov. Bob McDonnell will be the keynote speaker at the banquet on May 13 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott.
For additional information about the International Trade Symposium May 13-14 and registration visit the event web site at https://www.vamaritime.com/symposium.