The Business Meetings

  • The Business Meetings

  • Rail Freight Meetings


    SITL has been developing themed areas since 2015 when the Rail Freight Meetings were launched with the support of the French Secretary of State for Transport and in partnership with the AUTF, with the aim of bringing together supply and demand in the rail freight market and combined rail-road transport.
    The 2017 event will host the third edition of the Rail Freight Meetings. Marc Bernard, Transport Manager at Herta (Nestlé Group), says, "This event boosts business, saves us time, driving us more quickly towards achieving our goal of reducing the carbon footprint of our distribution services.” Rail transport is safe, low in CO2 emissions and helps reduce road congestion. On an international scale, the future looks bright as it is a competitive choice in terms of its time-cost-environmental performance ratio.

  • Maritime Meetings

    After the success of the Rail Freight Meetings and Dangerous Goods Logistics Meetings, the 2017 edition of SITL will host the first Maritime Meetings in order to support businesses working in international market.
    Players in the sector are facing a rapidly changing market, particularly with significant fluctuation in costs. “The flexibility and adaptability expected by shippers can be harmed by the tendency to create mega-alliances, and their repercussions on port structures,” explains Nicolas Muller, Intra Group Operations Manager Flows and Group Customer Service, SEB Group. There are also a number of technological innovations and new regulations in the sector that need to be explained to maritime transport users.

  • Transport Meetings


    Road transport remains the leading mode of transport, accounting for around 90% of goods transported. Shippers currently consider it to be the most flexible and affordable mode of transport. New engine types and progress made in terms of optimisation and pooling would suggest that future reductions in the greenhouse gases emitted by road transport are possible.
    More than ever, manufacturers and distributors are looking for carriers and forwarding agencies capable of supporting them in drawing up more flexible and quick-moving transport plans. It is vital that end customers in both international and regional markets receive optimal quality of service.

  • Connecting Inland Waterway


    After the success of the Rail Freight Meetings and Dangerous Goods Logistics Meetings, and in light of the drive for more environmentally-friendly modes of transport, SITL is focusing on themes relating to modal shift.
    The 2017 event will host the second edition of the river transport business meetings, “Connecting Inland Waterways”.  Road congestion and energy transition laws are creating new challenges for the transport sector, both for shippers and transport providers. Waterways are one means of moving towards sustainable development when faced with the challenge of reducing traffic in city centres and limiting CO2 emissions.


  • Cold Chain


    After the success of the Rail Freight Meetings and Dangerous Goods Logistics Meetings, and in a context of increasing requirements for cold chain shippers, the 2017 edition of SITL will host the first Cold Chain Meetings.
    In France, 100 million tonnes of goods were transported at controlled temperature in 2015, which accounts for 10% of road traffic. This proportion is growing as fresh food e-commerce continues to thrive. Various factors need to be in place to guarantee temperature-controlled supply chains, including suitable packaging, faultless tracking tools and the right transport vehicles to ensure cool temperatures and food integrity.
    Whether for urban deliveries or international logistics operations, many challenges need to be met to meet the requirements of the sectors reliant on the cold chain.

  • Urban delivery


    After the success of the Rail Freight Meetings and Dangerous Goods Logistics Meetings, and in a context of increasing urban deliveries, the 2017 edition of SITL will host the first “Urban Delivery Meetings.”

    Urban delivery is now faced with new challenges of increased e-commerce, energy transition laws and traffic congestion in city centres. Gaël Prigent, Supply Chain Director, Logista Group, the leading product and service distributor for local retailers in Southern Europe, spoke at last year’s SITL: “Urban delivery flows have rapidly increased due to the development of e-commerce, new consumer requirements and the transfer of inventories from warehouses to retailers. All of this is happening in a context of increasingly strict regulations in city centres and public health issues.”

  • Import-export


    In order to support businesses, especially SMEs, reaching out to international markets, the 2017 edition of SITL will host the first Import-Export Meetings.
    The new “Union Customs Code (UCC) came into force in May 2016
    , with many repercussions on the international supply chain, which will place new restrictions on European businesses. The UCC is designed to harmonise taxation, improve collaboration between customs authorities, facilitate trade and therefore boost global business. It goes hand in hand with improved supply chain security. Shippers must also improve the resilience of their supply chains in light of ever-present geopolitical and natural risks.

  • Dangerous Goods Logistics


    The Dangerous Goods Meetings area was launched in 2016 with the support of the French National Association of Safety Advisors (ANCS), in response to the increasing need to secure dangerous goods logistics operations and to facilitate the comprehension of the complex regulations in this area.

    Most manufacturers and distributors need to manage dangerous goods logistics services. In addition to hydrocarbons, chemicals and gases, many everyday objects are classified as “sensitive items,” requiring specific logistics operations. Across all modes of transport, 15 % of global trade is classed as dangerous goods. Despite this, the regulations are little known and solutions are often difficult to find. In addition, the rules that apply to dangerous goods are increasingly strict and constantly changing. With this second edition of the Dangerous Goods Logistics Meetings, the SITL is looking to give shippers up-to-date information on these regulatory changes, which is a real advantage for planning ahead in an increasingly complex sector.

  • Air Freight Meetings


    After the success of the Rail Freight Meetings and Dangerous Goods Logistics Meetings, and in a context of thriving international trade, SITL is developing new themes for our business meetings, with the first Air Freight Meetings at the 2017 event. Although air freight represents less than one percent of the total volume of goods transported across all modes of transport, it represents over one third of the value of cargo transported. 57% of air traffic currently transits through 30 major air hubs around the world. Competition between the large international hubs is fierce and the airlines are building alliances. The air freight market is relatively stable but the development of e-commerce and international express delivery services are likely to boost its growth.

SITL Paris


14-16 March 2017
Paris• France



14-16 March 2017
Paris • France

Transport Next Generation


14-16 March 2017
Paris• France

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