«Grain Forum Dubai 2023»

International conference

21-22 February 2023
Dubai, UAE


International conference «Grain Forum  Dubai 2023»
International conference «Grain Forum  Dubai 2023»
International conference «Grain Forum  Dubai 2023»
International conference «Grain Forum  Dubai 2023»
International conference «Grain Forum  Dubai 2023»
International conference «Grain Forum  Dubai 2023»
International conference «Grain Forum  Dubai 2023»
International conference «Grain Forum  Dubai 2023»
International conference «Grain Forum  Dubai 2023»
International conference «Grain Forum  Dubai 2023»
International conference «Grain Forum  Dubai 2023»
International conference «Grain Forum  Dubai 2023»
International conference «Grain Forum  Dubai 2023»
International conference «Grain Forum  Dubai 2023»
International conference «Grain Forum  Dubai 2023»
International conference «Grain Forum  Dubai 2023»
International conference «Grain Forum  Dubai 2023»
International conference «Grain Forum  Dubai 2023»
International conference «Grain Forum  Dubai 2023»
International conference «Grain Forum  Dubai 2023»
International conference «Grain Forum  Dubai 2023»
International conference «Grain Forum  Dubai 2023»

I international “Grain Forum 2023. Dubai” conference, dedicated to Russian grain trade actual issues, finished its work on February 21, 2023 in Dubai (UAE). Heads of Ministry of Agriculture of Russian Federation, Agroexport Company, International grain council and largest Russian and Kazakh exporters, leading international traders took part in Forum supported by Russian Union of Grain Exporters.

“Grain Forum 2023. Dubai” gathered more than 460 delegates from Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Latvia, Germany, UK, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Cyprus, UAE, Turkey, India, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Egypt, Jordan, Singapore and Saudi Arabia. Thereby Dubai forum became new, important and independent site – venue for Russian exporters of grain crops with buyers from North Africa and Middle East.

Dubai has been chosen as a conference venue not accidentally. UAE is becoming new center of grain trade especially important for Russian export. By the way, MENA region is one of the greatest market of grain crops sales where more than 50% of world barley import, more than 25% of wheat and a quarter of total volume of corn import. MENA countries are one of the main sales market for Black Sea grain.

Among main Forum topics – problems and possibilities of Russian grains, oils and niche crops export, admission to foreign markets, payments in rubles, export supplies logistics and chartering and insurance problems.

Opening the Forum, deputy Minister of Agriculture of Russian Federation Sergey Levin, noted that for last ten years volume of Russian wheat supplies significantly grown and almost half of this export falls on Middle East countries and third falls on Africa. Deputy Minister stated, “We are recording a growing demand for basic products and, first of all, for grains. Russia is ready to supply foreign partners from friendly countries with quality products. Being a wheat export supplies world leader we confirm our commitment to humanitarian principles of world grain market.”

International grain council (IGC) executive director Arnaud Petit made a report about current situation on grain crops world market and Russia’s place in it. He pointed out, “Black Sea region vitally important for global grain trade”. According to his speech in coming months global wheat market will rely on three regions – Russia, EU and Australia. At the same time, importers now buy mainly feed wheat in Australia.

As Arnaud Petit noted, world wheat harvest in 2022/23 season became record, being increased for fourth year in a row, as well as record total production was recorded in the eight largest exporting countries. At the same time, growth of world wheat consumption, limited by historically high price, will be one of the slowest for more than two decades. Consumption decrease in South Asia is slightly offset by growth in other places, primarily in Middle Asia.

Union of Grain Exporters Chairman of Board Eduard Zernin in his speech reminded about record harvest of wheat in Russia, which exceeded more than 150 million tons. Today every fifth ton of wheat on world market supplied by Russian companies. In countries such as Algeria and Saudi Arabia in current season, it managed to multiply the supply volumes. Eduard Zernin stated, “We began to devote more time for direct contacts, find individual solutions. It is important and beneficial for both sides factor, which leads to trade volume growth. I sincerely hope that we will use our further development on market, taking into account existing potential, for benefit of these countries.”

“For some reasons current record harvest became a surprise for some international experts. However, we know these prerequisites and they are quite simple: fertilizers export restrictions in this season, more fertilizers entered the domestic market. Dynamics of fertilizers consumption directly correlated with the harvest volume. And the fact that more of these substances were left inside the country leaded to harvest growth.”

According to his speech, while Russian Federation does not bring fertilizers to the fields in accordance with a scientifically based norm yet. Head of Union stated, “Actually, we can calculate our potential just on today's squares. If we take into account that we return agricultural land to circulation every year, then the potential is 2.5-3 times higher. This is a very serious factor and we need to keep it in mind when we talk about food security in the world ensuring. We will work on this issue, and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation actively supports this process, so, of course, we have a very serious competitiveness reserve.”

In addition, Eduard Zernin drew attention to the fact that in the coming years it will be necessary to more closely monitor climate changes that are taking place in a number of countries, primarily in Central Asia and lead to a decrease in yields. "Farming conditions here will seriously deteriorate. The problem is in the glaciers melting, respectively, in water supply volume reducing and in soil dehydration. It is also a big responsibility for us because, in fact, except from us, these states will have nowhere else to get basic agricultural products, primarily grain."

That is why it is necessary to work out logistics corridors right now, to think about the grain and flour flow increase from Russian Federation to these countries. "This will probably be the next challenge that we will feel in three or four years. And even those Central Asian countries that are now making certain plans for the development of agriculture for themselves, of course, should very seriously consider the factor of reducing the volume of resource provision," he said.

Another important topic being raised at the conference is the hidden sanctions imposed by western countries against Russian grain exporters. Although most of the problems have been overcome in many ways recently, a number of issues are not solved. "We still see an ongoing problem with bank payments. Yes, it is very important that now everything has significantly eased, nevertheless, the banking problem has not been completely solved," Eduard Zernin said. According to his words, "there is serious pressure on our customers from some banks that close credit lines to them for the purchase of specifically Russian grain."

In addition, there is still a shortage of ships. These are the problems of marine insurance and the withdrawal of a significant number of the fleet owned by Ukrainian ship owners from servicing Russian exports. "However, recently the shortage of the fleet has turned into a premium to freight, that is, there are ships, but they are more expensive," Eduard Zernin said. It is shown, in particular, by the analysis of the competitive environment in the Black Sea. "We see a difference in freight from some ports, for example Bulgaria and our deep-water ports, despite the fact that operationally we have exactly the same conditions," he said.

Therefore, Russia is now primarily faced with the task of building large-tonnage vessels for long-distance deliveries. To date, the demand of Russian exporters is 61 grain carriers, 27 of which with a capacity of 40 thousand tons and 34 with a capacity of 60 thousand tons. In this regard, the Ministry of Agriculture of Russian Federation initiated the process of design documentation developing for such vessels. Rosagroleasing Company will announce the corresponding order in the near future by agreement with the agency. In future, according to prepared projects, construction will be carried out at Russian shipyards. The issue of buying a fleet on the secondary market is also being worked out.

It is not a surprise that overt and covert sanctions had a direct impact on the market: grain prices on the world market rose one and a half times. These prices have affected not only Russian grain buyers, but also buyers all over the world, because these prices are a benchmark. "The situation began to change only in the last quarter of last year, when we sharply increased the volume of exports, because we practically solved all the main problems," Eduard Zernin said.

However, as the head of the Union stated, market volatility is beneficial only to profiteers, for them it is a "fate gift". "We are not profiteers, we grow grain. It is much more interesting for us to assess the probability of future consumption, that is, how much we can sell, including to foreign markets. Moreover, if such risks, which we experienced in the middle of last year, still face us, if their probability is high enough, then, of course, this will lead to a decrease in investment activity. This decrease in investment activity will affect more than one season." At the same time, he urged to think about those who are forced "against their will to enter the world market" since in many countries there are certain weather conditions that limit the production of grain and other products, "there are certain population growth rates that cannot be closed with their capabilities."

As for specific figures, as Eduard Zernin said, Turkey and Egypt remain the main buyers of Russian wheat, "which change their position from season to season and, nevertheless, remain leaders." Thus, Turkey in the first half of the agricultural year (July-December 2022) purchased 4,237 million tons of Russian wheat against 4,27 a year earlier, Egypt - 3,777 million tons against 3,191 million tons. At the same time, last year's leader Iran "seriously deflated." Its purchases amounted to 1,766 million tons against 5,092 million tons a year ago. "There are certain prerequisites for this. Nevertheless, I think that both sides will learn lessons from previous relations, and, accordingly, Iran's share will increase," he said.

The head of the Union particularly focused on wheat trade with Saudi Arabia and Algeria. "I call these countries the two stars of the season. We began to devote more time to direct contracts, began to find individual solutions, and this leads to an increase in trade volume. It is very important and mutually beneficial factor. I hope that our further development in the market, taking into account the existing potential for increasing yields, will be used for the benefit of these countries," he said. In July-December 2022, Saudi Arabia imported 1.442 million tons of Russian wheat against 662 thousand tons a year earlier, Algeria - 1,065 million tons against 301 thousand tons.

Igor Pavensky, head of the analytical center of Rusagrotrans Company, focused on export statistics more detailed. According to his words, in July-January of the 2022/23 season, Russia took key positions in grain supplies in a number of countries, such as Egypt, where the share of Russian wheat increased from 45% in the 2021/22 season to almost 70%, Pakistan - from 10% to 70%, Sudan - from 30% to 85%, Libya - from 47% to 86%. Oman started buying wheat this season and Russia's share in the country's imports immediately soared to 77%. Turkey imported about 72% of imports from Russia. Saudi Arabia increased its share in purchases to 64%. Algeria, after the start of deliveries from Russia last season, reached a level of 30% in the country's imports as a whole. Bangladesh brought the share of purchases to 42% against 8% last season. In general, the share of Russian wheat in the market of Middle Eastern countries increased to 56% from 46% a year ago, in North Africa - to 51% from 26%. Positions in South Asia are also recovering - 26% against 5%. At the same time, the share of Russian wheat in the EU markets has halved to 6%.

As for the forecasts of the harvest in Russia for the next season, it has been revised downward. "We have revised our forecast of the grain harvest in 2023 downward. The current forecast is 125.4 million tons of grain, of which 79.7 million tons of wheat." Reasons for the decline are the lack of winter crops in the central regions, as well as the ice crust formed in the fields due to temperature fluctuations and lack of snow cover in a number of regions. In general, the loss of crops may amount to more than 8% against the minimum loss last year - less than 3%.

Nevertheless, taking into account the record rolling stocks of wheat - about 15 million tons (excluding 3 million tons purchased in the intervention fund) - the export potential in the new agricultural year (July 2023-June 2024) will remain at a high level - about 37.5 million tons against the forecast of 46 million tons in the current agricultural year, which will allow Russia to maintain its leadership in the world market. The wheat export potential of Russia's closest competitors in the world market is lower. In EU, it is estimated at 31 million tons (30.7 million tons last agricultural year), in Australia - 28.5 million tons (26 million tons).

According to the center, the remainder that will be exported by the main wheat suppliers in the world in the second half of the season (January-June 2023) is about 74.5 million tons, which is 10.5 million tons more than last season. More than 61% of the total volume (more than 45.6 million tons) is accounted for Russia (16 million tons), Australia (17.5 million tons) and Canada (12.1 million tons).

The afternoon session of the conference was entirely devoted to the trade of food grains, such as chickpeas and peas. Therefore, peas have a good chance to become a culture of mass Russian agricultural exports. The growing global demand for pea protein and a serious expansion of its processing capacity can make it the flagship of Russian agricultural exports. Rosselkhoznadzor has done its job perfectly, now it is up to Russian farmers to decide whether they can quickly change the crop rotation and increase the production of peas, turning it from a niche product into a mass one. Statistics show that in the 2021/22 season, Russia exported 1.4 million tons of peas, which is 62% more than in the previous agricultural year. This is a record figure. In 2020/21, agricultural year exports amounted to 863 thousand tons, a year earlier - 588 thousand tons. In the top 10 exported agricultural crops peas rose from seventh to fifth place. The share in exports also became a record - 2.8% against 1.5% in the 2020/21 agricultural year.

Difficulties in logistics and shipping, problems in the financial, insurance, and legal spheres were the topic of discussion at the final, 4th session of the Forum. You can learn more about the conference program by contacting the Conference Organizing Committee.

Speakers of conference
«Grain Forum Dubai 2023»

Arnaud Petit

Executive Director
"International Grains Council" company report

Eduard Zernin

chairman of board
Russian Union of Grain Exporters report

Dmitriy Fedotov,

“TransOcean Risk Solutions” company report

Oleg Kryukovskiy

"GTCS TRADING" (UAE) company report

Christophe Kuyer

«GITC PTE» (Switzerland) company report

Kirill Lozovoy

leading analyst
"OleoScope" company report

Ozan Ozturk

Managing director
«Agrozan Commodities» (UAE) company report

Igor Pavenskiy

head of AC
"Rusagrotrans" company report

Sergey Pluzhnikov

head of sales department
"DM Agro Trade" company report

Irina Sarycheva

technical supervision and customer service manager, Eastern Europe region
"SGS Vostok" company report

Navneet Singh Chhabra

"Shree Sheela International" (India) company report

Draft program of the Forum:

21st of FEBRUARY 2022: 1st Forum Day

10.00-11.00 – Registration for the conference, welcome coffee break

11.00–12.30 I session. World and Russian grain markets: records, anti-records and new challenges in 2022/23 season.

The following issues will be considered during the session:
  • global trends: impact on markets, trade and agricultural policy;
  • food crisis trends and ways to overcome it;
  • global demand for cereals and Russian grain and oilseeds position on the world market;
  • sanctions policy and the "grain deal" impact on Russian agricultural products export;
  • questions and answers.
  • Dmitriy Patrushev, Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation (tbc)
  • Eduard Zernin, Russian Union of Grain Exporters chairman of board
  • Arnaud Petit, International Grains Council Executive Director
  • FAO representative (tbc)

12.30–12.35 technical break

12:35-13:30 II session. Russian grain international trade transformation.

The following issues will be considered during the session:
  • Russian agricultural products admission to new markets;
  • grain damper in Russia: first results and its long-term impact on the domestic and global market;
  • grain export trade transfer to exchange mechanisms with payment in rubles;
  • grain futures trading through the Russian banking infrastructure.
  • Rosselkhoznadzor representative (tbc)
  • Nikita Zakharov, National Commodity Exchange director

13.30–15.00 Lunch

15.00–16.30 III session. Current issues of Russian grain and oilseeds export.

  • "Rusagrotrans" company report
  • Export routes from Russia logistics in 2022/23 season
  • Igor Pavenskiy, head of AC
  • "AGS Trading" company report
  • Niche cereals and legumes export problems and opportunities
  • Akim Talibov, founder and strategy director
  • "OleoScope" company report
  • Fat and oil products market: export to MENA countries trends and prospects
  • Kirill Lozovoy, leading analyst
  • "DM Agro Trade" company report
  • Legumes. World market and Russia's role in international trade
  • Sergey Pluzhnikov, head of sales department
  • "Shree Sheela International" (India) company report
  • Russia origin chickpeas and export market destination
  • Navneet Singh Chhabra, director

16.30–17.00 coffee break

17.00–18.30 IV session. Discussion panel "Problems of Russian grain export: traders' opinion".

Among the discussion topics:
  • alternative dispute resolution platform creation;
  • trade finance and export insurance under sanctions;
  • grain quality problem;
  • grain hubs for Russian exports in Egypt and Turkey creation initiatives evaluation;
  • situation on the bulk carrier fleet freight market, prospects of own fleet creation.
Will take part in discussion:
  • Oleg Kryukovskiy, "GTCS TRADING" (UAE) trader
  • Sabina Sodikova, Сабина Содикова, "Agrozan Commodities" Russian representation director
  • Ozan Ozturk, "Agrozan Commodities" (UAE) managing director
  • Christophe Kuyer, "GITC PTE" (Switzerland) director
  • Irina Sarycheva, "SGS Vostok" technical supervision and customer service manager, Eastern Europe region
  • Dmitriy Fedotov, “TransOcean Risk Solutions” director

18.30–21.00 Grain Gala Dinner on behalf of the Russian Union of Grain Exporters

22nd of FEBRUARY 2022: 2nd Forum Day

The second day, February 22, will be entirely devoted to informal communication of delegates.
Those who have confirmed their participation will have a tour of Dubai. Guests will walk through the streets of the "old city" with its unforgettable oriental flavor, and then, in contrast, admire the futuristic skyscrapers of the fashionable Dubai Marina district. Next, we will have lunch with a walk along the canals on a traditional Arabic DHOW boat. The Forum delegates will also visit one of the wonders of Dubai - an extraordinary park with compositions of thousands of fresh flowers growing in the middle of the desert. The tour will end with an inspection of the famous light and music fountain show.
/The program of the second day is paid separately/

Participants Conferences

Ministries, departments and professional associations

  • Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation (Russia)
  • Federal agency for fisheries (Russia)
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Tatarstan (Russia)
  • AGROEXPORT (Russia)
  • Centre of Grain Quality Assurance (Russia)
  • GFSA (Saudi Arabia)
  • Government of the Rostov region (Russia)
  • International Grains Council (Great Britain)
  • Iran grain union (Iran)
  • JSC "RAСIN" (Russia)
  • Rosagroleasing (Russia)
  • Rosselkhoznadzor (Russia)
  • Trade Representation of Russia in the UAE (Russia)

Managing companies, agricultural holdings, traders, exporters

  • Abbey Commodities (UAE)
  • Adelina Trading (UAE)
  • AGRISUPPLY (Switzerland)
  • Agro Nan Export LLP (Kazakhstan)
  • Agro.Club Inc. (Russia)
  • AGRO-ALLIANCE (Russia)
  • AGROFIDELITY (Kazakhstan)
  • AgroFood (Russia)
  • Agroholding Steppe (Russia)
  • Agroindustrial Corporation «AST Company M» (Russia)
  • Agrokompleks Dombarovskii (Russia)
  • Agro-Partner Group of Companies (Russia)
  • AGRORESSURS 21 (Russia)
  • AGRO-TEMA (Russia)
  • Agrozan Commodities (UAE)
  • AGS Trading (Switzerland)
  • Ak Bars Holding Company (Russia)
  • Al Assyl Group (Egypt)
  • Al-Ghurair Resources international (UAE)
  • Alliance Grain Trade (Kazakhstan)
  • ALTYN ASTYK GROUP (Kazakhstan)
  • ARDO TRADE (Kazakhstan)
  • ARTAM TRADING (Russia)
  • A-Salt Group (Russia)
  • ASTON (Russia)
  • ASTON FFI (Switzerland)
  • Aston Tarım Gıda İc ve Dıs Tic (Russia)
  • Astra Group (Egypt)
  • Astyq Grain (Kazakhstan)
  • Avgust-Agro (Russia)
  • AVRORA BALTIC (Latvia)
  • Azersun holding (Azerbaijan)
  • Blago Group (Russia)
  • Burston Group of Companies (Russia)
  • Company BIO-TON (Russia)
  • Copenhagen Merchants (Switzerland)
  • Copenhagen Merchants Kaunas (Latvia)
  • Daylesford Merchant Agro (Russia)
  • Demetra-Holding (Russia)
  • Don Export Company (Russia)
  • DON-MARKET (Russia)
  • Eesti Viljasalv (Estonia)
  • EkoNiva-APK Holding LLC
  • Estro Alliance General Trading (UAE)
  • ETG AGRO LLC (Russia)
  • ETG Commodities (Kazakhstan)
  • Eurasia Grain Trade LLP (Kazakhstan)
  • Fergus Kazakhstan (Kazakhstan)
  • Fortuna Trading (UAE)
  • GARANTAGRO (Russia)
  • Gefest Agro LLC (Russia)
  • GET Brokers (Switzerland)
  • GITC Pte. (Switzerland)
  • GK AGROST (Russia)
  • GLOBEX GRAIN (Russia)
  • Gold Chemical Company (Kazakhstan)
  • Gold Grain Group (Kazakhstan)
  • Grain Agro Trade (Kazakhstan)
  • GRAIN FOODS LLC (Russia)
  • Grain Gates (Russia)
  • GRAIN LINES (Russia)
  • GRAIN SERVICE (Russia)
  • Grain Trade Solutions (Jordan)
  • Grainrus (Russia)
  • Grainrus Agro ltd (Russia)
  • GRANOLUX LLC (Russia)
  • GRANOTRADE (Russia)
  • Group of Companies "Business Partner" (Russia)
  • H. Boegel GmbH & Co KG (Germany)
  • Hakan Foods (UAE)
  • Harvest Commodities SA (Switzerland)
  • Invictus-DAL Group (Sudan)
  • IP Suleymenov U. KH. (Russia)
  • Join-stock Holding company “Chistopolie” (Russia)
  • KRC “EFKO-Kaskad” LLC (Russia)
  • KRONMARK (Egypt)
  • LDC (Russia)
  • Letofin AS (Estonia)
  • LLC Sigma TC (Russia)
  • Lotte International Co. (South Korea)
  • Managing Company "BI GRANUM" (Russia)
  • ME Solaris Commodities (UAE)
  • Midstar FZE (UAE)
  • NKT-Grou (Russia)
  • Novoishimskaya grain company (Russia)
  • Novosibirsk food corporation (Russia)
  • Novosibirskbreadproduct (Russia)
  • OLEWNIK-EXPO SP. z o.o. (Poland)
  • Olzha Agro Trade (Kazakhstan)
  • ONEST (Egypt)
  • OZK Group (Russia)
  • PANAMAX (Russia)
  • ParitetAgro LLC (Russia)
  • Petrokhleb-Kuban (Russia)
  • Pir Grain and Pulses (Turkey)
  • Pokrovsky Group (Russia)
  • Pontis DS (Great Britain)
  • PRIMA GRANO TRADE (Kazakhstan)
  • Prodinvest (Russia)
  • Prominvest (Russia)
  • QAZAQ-ASTYQ GROUP (Kazakhstan)
  • Raduga LTD (Russia)
  • Real Deal Merchants (UAE)
  • RELIEF (Russia)
  • Resource Agribusiness Group (Russia)
  • Rusagro (Russia)
  • Sama Almanar for general trading co. ltd. (Iraq)
  • Sarh Alfajaj general trading LLC (Iraq)
  • Sea Agro Trade (Russia)
  • Shree Sheela International (India)
  • SIBAGRO (Russia)
  • Sibirya Tarim (Turkey)
  • Silal Food and Technology (UAE)
  • Sim-Trans Group LLC (Russia)
  • Skopa (Russia)
  • STAVKOMPANI (Russia)
  • Strelezkoe-AgroTrade LLC (Russia)
  • SUN AGRO (Russia)
  • TARGET AGRO Group of Companies (Russia)
  • TH «Agrocultura -ST» (Russia)
  • Top Grain L.T.D. (Russia)
  • TRADE HOUSE "RIF" (Russia)
  • Trade House Zernotex (Russia)
  • Trading House “Zerno Zavolzhya” (Russia)
  • Trading House Agroholding Steppe (Russia)
  • Trading house Veselyi melnik (Russia)
  • Transagro (Russia)
  • Vetin LLC (Russia)
  • VIA LOGISTIC (Russia)
  • Vicorus S.A. (Switzerland)
  • Viterra Rus (Russia)
  • Vitol (Switzerland)
  • ZERNO-TRADE (Russia)
  • ZernoTradeOmsk (Russia)
  • Zhitnica (Russia)

Flour milling enterprises

  • Agropolis Saburovo (Russia)
  • Al Ain Mills (UAE)
  • Gosudarev Ambar LLC (Russia)
  • Ofis Yem Gıda San Tic. A.S. (Turkey)
  • Freight forwarding companies
  • Agrocompany (Russia)
  • Arion Tarım Ticaret Limited Şirketi (Russia)
  • Astyk Trans (Russia)
  • BSG Terminal (Latvia)
  • Delo Group (Russia)
  • Evropac (Russia)
  • FESCO (Russia)
  • FETEXIM (Russia)
  • Glogos Project LLC (Russia)
  • GrainLog LLC (Russia)
  • Hardy Corporation (South Korea)
  • N-TRANS (Kazakhstan)
  • Pro Logistic Services (Kazakhstan)
  • Pro Logistics Consultancy DWC-LLC (UAE)
  • RIX Shipmanagement (Latvia)
  • Sigma Lojistic (Russia)
  • T.C.S. Smart General Trading (Russia)
  • TBI (Russia)
  • TBI-F (Russia)
  • TBI-Logistics (Russia)
  • TK Smart (Russia)

Railway operators

  • CargoAgroCom Ltd. (Russia)
  • Demetra-Holding (Russia)
  • NOVOTRANS (Russia)
  • Rusagrotrans (Russia)
  • Tehnotrans LLC (Russia)

Port operators, grain terminals

  • Alpha Osta (Latvia)
  • ARIB-PORT LLC (Russia)
  • DeloPorts (UAE)
  • DP World (Russia)
  • Liepaja Bulk Terminal (Latvia)
  • LUGAPORT, Novotrans (Russia)
  • PKF VOLGA-PORT (Russia)
  • Port Vysotsky (Russia)
  • Rostov Grain Terminal (Russia)


  • Group of companies «Novospasskii elevator» (Russia)
  • Group of companies «RESA» (Russia)
  • Hlebnaya baza-35 (Russia)
  • Izberdey group of companies (Russia)
  • Lyubovsky elevator (Russia)

Shipping companies, chartering brokers

  • Anson Logistics (Russia)
  • Consult Shipping LLC (Russia)
  • CUNDA Shipping (Turkey)
  • GRAINFO (Russia)
  • Pola Rise (Russia)
  • Shipping Company DONMORTRANS LLC (Russia)
  • Solar Gulf Shipping (UAE)
  • TMBC Logistics Ltd (Russia)
  • Volga Shipping (Russia)


  • Baltic Control Kazakhstan (Kazakhstan)
  • Bureau Veritas Rus (Russia)
  • Control Union Russia (Russia)
  • Cotecna Inspection (Vostok) (Russia)
  • Cotecna Inspection SA (UAE)
  • General Survey Inspection (Turkey)
  • Intertek (UAE)
  • Saybolt, Russia (Russia)
  • SGS (Russia)

Banks, insurance, law firms

  • AlfaStrakhovanie (Russia)
  • Bank GPB International S.A. (Luxembourg)
  • Emirates NBD (UAE)
  • Branch of JSC "Insurance company "PARI" in Rostov-on-Don (Russia)
  • Eurasian Development Bank (Russia)
  • Gazprombank (Russia)
  • Ingosstrakh Insurance Company (Russia)
  • Lions Marine (Russia)
  • Moscow Exchange (Russia)
  • National Commodity Exchange (Russia)
  • Progress Agro LLC (Russia)
  • RAK bank (UAE)
  • Remind Insurance Brokers (Russia)
  • Russian Agricultural Bank (Russia)
  • Sberbank (Russia)
  • Sberbank International (Russia)
  • TransOcean Risk Solutions (Russia)
  • VTB Bank (Russia)
  • VTB Commodities Trading (Russia)

Protective equipment and fertilizers

  • Kompak Group (Russia)


  • DM AgroTrade (Russia)
  • Kontakt InterSearch Russia (Russia)
  • Strategy Partners Group (Russia)
  • Zernoproekt (Russia)

Place of holding

Sofitel Dubai Downtown

Located in the heart of Downtown Dubai, connected to The Dubai Mall and 10 minutes away from City Walk, Sofitel Dubai Downtown is an idyllic oasis that blends urban sophistication with refined luxury, features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar and complimentary shuttle bus going to Kite Beach.

The rooms come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Certain rooms include a sitting area where you can relax. Every room is equipped with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes, free toiletries and a hairdryer.

Indulge your stay and enjoy French Art de Vivre, innovative cuisine and rejuvenating spa experiences. The Les Cuisines restaurant offers a culinary journey from the four corners of the globe in the heart of Downtown Dubai. La Patisserie prepares unique pastries that take us to the gastronomy and French flavors. Impressive venues, delicious treats, and heartwarming service await at any of our gorgeous meeting rooms, banquets, ballroom, restaurants, bars or lounges.

An urban oasis, 5th floor pool terrace features the overlooking busting view of Downtown Dubai and its Skycrapers surrounded by soft lawn, poolside bar, and sun loungers. Sofitel Fitness located on the second floor to keep in peak shape.

You will find a 24-hour front desk, concierge services, and hairdressers. The hotel also provides car rental. Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center is 4.1 km from Sofitel Dubai Downtown, and Safa Park is 3.7 km away. Dubai International Airport is 15 minutes by car from Sofitel Dubai Downtown, whist Abu Dhabi International Airport is a 90 minutes' drive away.

The luxury chain hotel is ready to offer special prices for accommodation for our participants according to individual requests. To book rooms, you can contact the hotel directly. Contact person: Teri Andres, Terilyn.ANDRES@sofitel.com (English).

To book rooms in this or nearby hotels you can also use Booking.com international system (https://www.booking.com) or any other booking system or agency that you are used to working with.

In Dubai there is an Uber taxi ordering application, where you can choose any category of car and immediately see the price. The traditional taxi in Dubai is also very common and popular. Prices for traditional taxi and Uber are quite affordable and you can comfortably get to anywhere in Dubai.



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