20th Annual Conference: All Eyes on the Horizon

Proudly supported by our Premier Sponsor & Partner WiseTech Global

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Wednesday 18 May – CEO & Senior Management Workshops (invite only)

10:30am – 12:30pm Team Development Workshop – Bob McCarthy, Leadership Management Australasia

1:30pm – 3:30pm Productivity Workshop – Shane D’Aprile, OrangeLime Consulting Pty Ltd

Wednesday 18 May – Registrations and AGM

4.00 pm Registrations open – Tea & coffee sponsored by Mondiale

5.00pm Annual General Meeting

6.30pm Welcome cocktail function – Sponsored by IVS

8.00pm End of day

Thursday 19 May – Day one

7.45am Registrations open – Tea & coffee sponsored by Mondiale

8.30am Conference welcome – Hon. Vanessa van Uden, Mayor Queenstown Central Lakes District

8.40am President’s welcome address

9.00am Keynote Presentation – Glyn Hughes, IATA Global Head of Cargo

Glyn Hughes has led IATA Cargo’s initiatives, embracing industry management and relationship building, including being part of the Global Air Cargo Advisory Group steering committee. He has led a campaign to promote the value of air cargo, and is taking a principal role in the IATA team working to modernize the cargo agency program.

As air cargo faces considerable challenges, Glyn and his team are dedicated to improving the industry’s competitiveness through a cut in end-to-end shipping times of up to 48 hours as well as delivering the industry priorities of safety, security, quality, modernization and transformation through the e-cargo agenda.

10.00am The Future of Logistics – Will your business be disrupted by innovation and technology change? – Richard White, WiseTech Global CEO

The world is being reshaped and redesigned by the internet, technology, innovation and fundamental changes to the way people connect and do business. Anyone who has watched Google reshape advertising, Apple reshape the mobile phone, Uber reshape the taxi industry or AirBNB reshape accommodation will be keenly aware that Amazon (and others) are also trying to reshape the world of logistics. In these disruptive models there are always winners and losers. Do nothing or make the wrong choices – risk your business, get it right and surf a new wave of growth.

10.30am Morning tea – Sponsored by NZ Express

10.45am SOLAS Container Weight Verification Legislation: Overview from Maritime NZ – Stephanie Winson, Maritime NZ General Manager Legal & Policy

From 1st July 2016 the new SOLAS weight regulations will be in place. Accordingly it will be a mandatory requirement for exporters to supply a Verified Gross Mass (VGM) declaration before a container may be loaded on board.

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is entrusted as the formal Government body to implement the legislation and this session will give an overview of what is required from industry stakeholders to comply with the new legislation.

Stephanie’s presentation will be followed by a Q & A session on the SOLAS rule implementation lead by the Combined Industry Working Group.

12.00pm Lunch – Sponsored by Lyttelton Port Company

12.45pm Industry Insights – Mark Connell, WiseTech Global Senior Logistics Architect

As the service provider to thousands of 3PLs located in over 100 countries, WiseTech Global is in a privileged position and able to see first-hand the unfolding of key industry trends across its large user base. In this talk, Mark Connell, WTG Senior Logistics Architect shares practical insights on trends such as e-commerce, big data, 3-D printing, drones, network effects, industry mergers and acquisitions and the rise of the billion dollar integrated 3PL.

1.15pm Safety First. Safety Last. Safety Always: Is your business compliant with the new Health & Safety Legislation? – Nick Perham, WorkSafe NZ Assessment Manager (Invercargill)

The Health and Safety Reform Bill has passed and the new law (the Health and Safety at Work Act) came into force 4 April 2016.WorkSafe NZ will be on hand to provide important information so you can make sure you and your business is compliant under the new legislation

2.15pm Ministerial Presentation – Hon. Nicky Wagner, Minister of Customs

Ministers, whose portfolios are related to the supply chain have been invited to brief CBAFF members on what their Ministry’s see as the primary issues affecting the industry today and in future.

2:45pm Afternoon tea – Sponsored by NZ Customs Service

3.00pm CBAFF Manifesto: Draft Presentation & Consultation with MembersCBAFF Management Team

The CBAFF executive team will present the draft CBAFF Manifesto to members. We welcome comment and feedback from members to help direct the formation of this document.

3:15pm Border facilitation of the future: Trends and opportunities – Carolyn Tremain, NZ Customs Service Comptroller & Chief Executive

Border management is one of the great challenges of our times. In an increasingly globalised world, how do governments maintain the security they need, while encouraging the trade they want?

3.35pm NZ Customs JBMS Update – TBC

3:50pm Growing and protecting NZ: The current situation and outlook for Primary Industries – Steve Gilbert, MPI Border Clearance Services Director

This session will provide insights about New Zealand’s primary industries and their prospects through to 2019. Market conditions vary significantly from year to year and can affect our primary industries. While this means we are exposed to changes that unfold on the global stage, this session will highlight the primary sector’s resilience in the face of these uncertainties.

4:10pm The Customs & Excise Act: Overview and how the charges will affect logistics industry stakeholders – Andrew Hudson, Gadens Lawyers Partner

4:30pm Offshore outsourcing: A viable way to remain competitive in an increasingly aggresive global environment – Maryann Farrugia, Offshore Business Processing Managing Director

The Customs & Excise Act Review is in its final stages and this session will focus on addressing the changes that will be coming into effect and how these changes will affect our industry.

4.45pm End of day

6.00pm Pre-dinner drinks – Sponsored by Hamburg Sud

7.00pm Gala Dinner – Sponsored by Dexion

Dinner Beverages – Sponsored by Offshore Business Processing

Dinner Entertainment – Sponsored by Air New Zealand Cargo

Friday 20 May – Day two

8.00am Registrations open – Tea & coffee sponsored by Mondiale

9.00am Supply chain and logistics in a rapidly changing world – Roger Gray, Air New Zealand Group General Manager, Business Performance

This session will examine the mega trends facing New Zealand and discuss their potential impact on the country’s supply chain.

9.20am The impact of automation – Tony Gibson, Ports of Auckland CEO

Tony Gibson will present the pre-study findings of Ports of Auckland’s automation plan.

9.40am Development plans: What is on the horizon for Port of Tauranga – Mark Cairns, Port of Tauranga CEO

Port of Tauranga will be expanding this year to accommodate larger ships and with this comes the need for more freight capacity.

10.10am Navigating through rough waters: Adapting to external events and forces impacting on the shipping industry – Gerard Morrison, Maersk Line Oceania Managing Director

International shipping is constantly evolving. Hear about Maersk’s strategies to ensure the line maintains its premier position.

10.30am Morning tea – Sponsored by Fiji Airways

10.45am The NZ economy and how it is adapting to disruptive forces currently affecting the global economic landscape – Bernard Hickey, NZ Herald Economist

What is the economic forecast for those involved with trade and export and what key trends are expected to impact and disrupt the industry.

11.45am Closing address

12.00pm Lunch – Sponsored by Expedient Software

12.30pm Activities

5.30pm Conference end