«Baltic Grain 2021»

International conference

29 September 2021
St. Petersburg, Russia
We invite you to participate in the II international “Baltic Grain” conference which will take place on the 29th of September 2021 in Saint-Petersburg. Venue - Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden. Conference will be held together with the “ICF -International conferences” company.

First forum gathered more than 130 delegates from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Denmark, United Kingdom and Switzerland. You can learn more about the results of the conference in the Archive section.

As you know, the Baltic region is an important grain supplier. Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania are among the TOP-25 grain exporters in the world. For Russia, the ports of the Baltic Sea are of increasing interest. In the Baltic direction, over 85% of Russian agricultural cargo is exported through the Baltic ports (Liepaja, Riga, Ventspils) – 3.16 million tons in July-April 2020/21. Another 11% is shipped through Kaliningrad terminals – 0.4 million tons. More than half of the exported grain goes on to be re-exported through the Baltic States and Finland – 0.87 million tons (51%). In the current season, deliveries from Russia to Finland increased almost 7.5 times to record volumes - from 21 to 161 thousand tons of agricultural cargo. As for the geography of final consumers, these are Nigeria (15% of Russian grain that passed through the Baltic ports), Norway (14%) and Bangladesh (13%). The EU and European countries imported 890 thousand tons – an increase of 1.6 times. The growth was also provided by Finland and the Netherlands. Deliveries to Brazil and Nicaragua continued.

These figures suggest talking about the need to build Russian deep-water terminals in the Leningrad region, which will be able to switch to the Baltic grain transit from Russia and Kazakhstan. In the meantime, small Russian terminals in Saint-Petersburg and the region operate only with niche grain products, whose flow cannot be called regular.

It is worth considering that the combination of good harvests and high demand for Russian grain displaces previously traditional suppliers, such as the United States, Europe, Argentina, and Australia. Russia is actively entering new markets in South and Central America. The second most important export destination for wheat from Russia was Tropical Africa. Thus, in Sudan, Tanzania, Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi, Russian grain accounts for more than half of imports. With shipments to East Africa and Central America likely to triple soon the lack of port capacity could be a major obstacle.

In addition, the emergence of new grain terminals in the Russian Baltic Sea is potentially able to give an impetus for the development of the entire grain complex of the country. The creation of modern terminals from a technological point of view, focused on receiving grain from railway transport, will increase the delivery shoulder to the port and involve new Russian regions in export activities. However, there is one "but": it is possible only due to the development of railway logistics, transportation routing. We will discuss this topic and other problems of agrologistics at the "Baltic Grain" conference.

Also, among the topics of the conference:

  • Opening new markets for Russian grain: practical cases.
  • Working with niche grain products, what do the Baltic ports offer?
  • Investment plans for the grain terminals construction, who is at the finish line?
  • Baltic and Finnish transit: what are the advantages?
Participation in the conference will provide you with a unique opportunity to get practical information about the latest trends in the grain market, listen to the recommendations of experts, leading analysts, and representatives of the executive branch.

See you in Saint-Petersburg!

Agenda Conferences

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Participants Conferences

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Place of holding

Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden

Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden is located directly opposite the Olympia Park in Saint Petersburg. The property offers free WiFi and stylish rooms with a flat-screen TV. The Mezzanine floor of the hotel features 14 conference rooms.

A full breakfast buffet is served at the Sokos. Guests can also enjoy Russian and European cuisine in Mr. Grön restaurant, which features elegant décor and an inviting fireplace. Sports' Bar 84 screens sports games and offers a variety of beer and burgers.

Guests at Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden are welcome to relax in the gym, sauna or in the lobby bar. The 24-hour reception can offer travel tips or a shuttle to St. Petersburg Airport, 6.2 mi away.

Underground parking is available at Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden. It is a 5-minute walk from Tekhnologicheskiy Institut Metro Station, 2 stops from the Nevsky Prospekt. Moskovsky Train Station is a 25-minute drive away, and Expoforum is a 30-minute drive of the property.