The International Forest Products Transport Association (IFPTA) announced today the overwhelming success of its Second South American Regional Seminar held in São Paulo, Brazil, September 27 - 28, 2010. Over 160 participants from 16 countries attended the sold out event that focused on the challenges and opportunities facing the forest products logistics industry in South America.
"It is clear there are problems to be faced," said Ana Paula Trilho, Commercial Director, Grupo Orsa and IFPTA South American Regional Director. "But we can succeed if we come together and work on them as an industry. This is great beginning to the conversation."
The seminar featured 25 speakers and panelists in nine sessions covering all sectors of the global forest products logistics market. Discussions centered on the growing pulp and paper production capacity expected from South America over the next few years and how logistics companies are prepared to handle the increases in volumes. Another topic was the potential impact of these increases on operations in other regions, such as Europe, North America, and Asia. China is currently the world's largest importer of South American forest products.
Attendees to the seminar represented companies from nearly all aspects of forest products logistics. Ports, terminal operators, and ocean carriers who have been involved for decades in the transport, handling and warehousing of forest products were joined by other groups entering the market, hoping to capitalize on the forest products trade to increase their volumes or diversify their offerings.
"The need for transporting forest products is growing and changing for many reasons," said Buddy Greene, Vice President, Cooper/T. Smith and IFPTA President. "Our regional seminars provide an excellent opportunity for us to look at the challenges and issues in one region or area and focus on how to work on those issues together."
"I would like to thank the speakers and sponsors who made it possible for us to hold this event," said Greene. "But most of all I would like to thank all of the industry professionals who took the time out of their days to join us and engage in a very productive meeting."
The First South American Regional Seminar was held in Vítoria, Brazil in 2007. Since then, the global forest products trade with South America has grown by over 50% in volumes.
The IFPTA will next host PPI Transport Symposium 19 in Amsterdam from October 11 - 14, 2011. For more information, visit www.transportsymposium.com.