On July 11, 2019, thematic session entitled Logistic of International Trade. Challenges and Prospects was held as part of Tenth International Industrial Trade Fair INNOPROM Business Program. Session participants talked about the current situation in export and import freight shipping, customs regulations, transport corridors for motor vehicles and rail freight corridors, electronic document management, and interactions with customs services.
In his welcome address, President of the Ural Logistics Association Nikolay Tushin pointed out that one of Russia’s national projects stipulated a two-fold increase of exports in monetary terms, and an entire section of the document was dedicated to logistics. Nevertheless, many issues go unresolved, and the purpose of the session, according to Nikolay Tushin, is the discussion of the following issues: “whether there is going to be a cargo base; what logistics issues hamper economic growth; and what electronic document management entails.”
Representative of the Ministry of Transport and Roads of the Sverdlovsk Region Dmitry Shunkov stated that one of the tasks currently set before the region stipulated the promotion of an increase in exports, including transportation services rendered by the Sverdlovsk Region. He shared relevant data for 2018, “Sverdlovsk Region’s export of transportation services amounted to $288mln; the share of transportation services in the Region’s total exports constituted 84%, whereof 76% came from air transportation, 15% - from railway transportation, 5% - from motor vehicles, and 3.5% - from waterborne traffic.”
Head of the Department for Export Support and Development of the Ministry of International and Foreign Economic Relations of the Sverdlovsk Region Kirill Samkov talked about export support measures, particularly those designed for small and medium enterprises, and pointed out that SMEs could qualify for assistance provided by the International Ekaterinburg Export Center (7 Vostochnaya St.) and the Russian Export Center. Kirill Samkov asked his colleagues to notify the regional Ministry about submitted applications for export support. He also suggested that companies use MADE IN URAL website (also referred to as the Portal of Foreign Economic Activity of the Sverdlovsk Region) created specifically for targeted interaction with manufacturers, “The website pursues several objectives: first, it provides comprehensive up-to-date information on available support measures; second, it showcases regional competences. So far the site (which was launched less than a year ago) has had 11,000 unique visitors from 90 countries.”
Deputy Director of the Ural Branch of TransContainer Irina Alexeeva talked about supporting Ural exporters, “The Ural Region has many large container terminals, and we have all been eager to work with the Far East and St. Petersburg ports. But the routing of traffic flows prevents exporters from ensuring timely delivery of goods to ports due to the underdeveloped system of Russian Railways, which is why in January 2019 we started to arrange for container trains to Novorossiysk – which is something that no one else does – and by the end of July we intend to make such trains run on a regular schedule of three times a month.”
The following speakers delivered their papers or commented on the issues under discussion:
- Nikita Pushkarev, Director of Railway Logistics, Global Ports Group;
- Georgii Shpreier, Leading Specialist, Association of International Road Carriers, Ural Branch;
- Georgii Vlastopulo, CEO, Optimalog Group;
- Ilya Davydov, Executive Director, Ural Union of Timber Manufacturers;
- Pavel Maslennikov, Director for Сongress and Exhibition Activities, TRASKO; Member of the SUCCI Committee on Foreign Economic Activities; Deputy Chairman for Transportation and Logistics, SUCCI;
- Evgeny Grishaev, Head of the Department for Information Services for Railway Customers;
- Moderator – Pavel Vorotkov, Analyst, Investment Promotion Agency of the Sverdlovsk Region.
INNOPROM is an annual International Industrial Trade Fair that has been held in Ekaterinburg since 2010. Over the ten years of its existence, INNOPROM has become Russia's major event dedicated to showcasing the latest industrial technologies and solutions and has proven its efficiency as a trade site and instrument for promoting the exports of Russian industrial products. INNOPROM is the fastest growing exhibition in Eurasia. Since 2015, the trade fair has featured a Partner Country. People’s Republic of China, India, Japan, and South Korea enjoyed this status in 2015-18. The Republic of Turkey is INNOPROM-2019 Partner Country.