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Free on the Journal of Commerce if you register your details, here’s one for both air and sea freight people – Fred Smith’s keynote speech at this week’s Transpacific Maritime conference in Long Beach this week. In a half-hour talk that covers trends in aviation and shipping, as well as the implications of an expanded Panama Canal, Mr Smith reserves his criticism for increased government interference in global trading flows. A fascinating “helicopter” view of the global freight industry from one of the few people in the business that knows its every nook and cranny, Mr Smith’s critique is delivered with the sort of in-depth historical context that is normally the preserve of leading academics.

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