No. 186

  USRCC Business Newsletter
USRCC Activities

The U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend

The 8th Annual Welcome Reception
Honoring Russian and CIS Delegations to the 
Breakbulk Americas  2018

Please join the U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce in welcoming Russian and CIS delegations to the 8th Annual Breakbulk Americas Reception . This annual event draws decision makers in U.S.- Russia trade and investment, including senior representatives from major shipping and logistics companies, leaders in the oil and gas industry, government officials, elected officials and more.

Breakbulk Americas is the largest and most important gathering in North America for companies involved in the shipping of heavy-lift, project cargo and traditional breakbulk cargoes. The conference provides shippers with the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with the leading specialized carriers, forwarders, ports, terminals and packers who have the expertise and resources to handle oversized cargoes with unique handling requirements.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 * 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Four Seasons Hotel, Whitney Room * 1300 Lamar Street, 
Houston, TX 77010


6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Event Registration and Networking
6:30 pm - 6:35 pm
Opening Remarks by the USRCC
6:35 pm - 6:40 pm
Welcome Remarks by Will Whitehouse, Senior Manager,Trade Development, Port of Houston
6:40 pm - 6:55 pm
"Eurasian Economic Union", Nikolay Belikov, Operations Director, JSC "NEK"
6:55 pm - 7:10 pm
"Blockchain in Logistics and Transportation", Ashish Gadnis, Founder and CEO, BanQu
7:10 pm - 7:15 pm
Closing Remarks by Rick Shannon, President, Atlantic Ro Ro
7:15 pm - 8:00 pm

USRCC Members - $30/Non-Members - $60
Please note: Refunds will not be issued after September the 30th, 2018




For sponsorship opportunities please contact:

The U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce
2900 Wilcrest Drive, Suite 133, Houston, TX 77042 
Phone: 713.429.4680 Email :

"Russian Energy Week" 
International Forum 2018

Russian Energy Week (REW) is Russia's largest international  business discussion platform for the energy sector. The aim  of this event is to showcase future opportunities in the  Russian fuel and energy sector and to realize the potential  of international cooperation. The Forum is held with the  support of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation  and the Moscow City Government.

When: October 3-6, 2018

Where: Central Exhibition Hall 'Manege',  1 Manezhnaya Ploshchad, 
Moscow, Russia

For more information please click here.

USRCC Internship

The USRCC is looking for new team members!

 play a key role and the contributions they make impact the day-to-day functions of the chamber and shape the future of the relationship between Russia and the U.S.

There are many ways you can get involved with the USRCC. Whether you are an experienced leader or a student, there is a place for you. By volunteering you can be at the very centre of our high-profile events held in Houston, Chicago and New York City and interact with influential leaders in the U.S.-Russia trade and investment.
To learn more about the position  click here or contact us directly at   call 713.429.4680
USRCC Membership
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Renew your membership or join for the first time today!

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Interested in learning more about our 2018 events?

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Members' News
Exxon Mobil finishes one phase of massive Beaumont expansion, September 26, 2018: Exxon Mobil said Wednesday it completed a nearly $500 million refining expansion at its Beaumont campus with plans for much more oil refining and plastics growth to come at the complex. Ongoing is construction of a plastics plant and, next year, Exxon Mobil may launch another refining expansion that would place the Beaumont refinery among the nation's largest. Large crude refining expansions are rare in the U.S. because domestic fuel demand is relatively flat.  Read more...
Shell sees peak output for Brazil's Lula field in 2020, 2021, September 26, 2018: Brazil's most productive field, the Lula, located in the offshore Santos basin, should hit peak production in 2020 or 2021, after reaching 1 million barrels of oil equivalent per day next year, an executive at Royal Dutch Shell said on Wednesday. The increase in production next year will be helped by the launch of platforms P-67 and P-69, which should go online in 2019, according to Cristiano Pinto da Costa, Shell's general manager for the Santos basin's Lula, Sapinhoa, Iracema and Lapa fields.  Read more...
The Week in Review
Russia's international cooperation plan envisages exports growth to $250 bln by 2024, September 24, 2018: Russia's exports are expected to grow to $250 bln by 2024, Industry and Trade Minister told reporters after the meeting of the Presidium of the Council for Strategic Development and Priority Projects. According to him this growth is envisaged by the national plan for international cooperation and exports the Council approved on Monday. "In general, the project's passport has been approved, it provides for export support in order to achieve the goal - the volume of exports of $250 bln by 2024," he said. Read more..., September 26, 2018: In a major breakthrough, Pakistan and Russia are set to sign a $10-billion offshore gas pipeline deal on September 27 in Moscow, a project planned by the latter to capture the energy market of Pakistan. Sources told The Express Tribune that the cabinet, during the tenure of previous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government, had approved the signing of the gas pipeline deal with Moscow.  Read more...
Russian government plans to increase non-resource exports by 9.4% annually till 2024, September 27, 2018: Russia's government plans to increase non-resource exports by 9.4% a year to bring them to a sum of 250 billion US dollars by 2024, according to the guidelines for the government's activities till the year 2024. "It is planned to reach the following indices by 2024: exports of non-resource non-energy commodity and services - 250 billion US dollars (up by 86.2% over seven years, or an annual growth of 9.4%)," the document says.  Read more...
LNG production in Russia could reach 83 mln tonnes by 2035 - Energy Ministry, September 27, 2018: Russia can increase production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to 83 mln tonnes by 2035 from the current 21 mln tonnes, Head of Department of Oil and Gas Production and Transportation at the Russian Energy Ministry Alexander Gladkov said at the Sakhalin Oil & Gas Conference & Exhibition. "From the current 21 mln tonnes, LNG production in Russia will grow to 83 mln tonnes," he said. Raed more...
Russia sets a good example in blockchain aviation innovation, September 23, 2018: Russian aviation is undergoing a renaissance - and Gazpromneft-Aero (GPNA) is one of the architects of the technological transformation of that vast country's aviation fuel industry - and beyond. The aviation fuel operator of parent company Gazprom Neft has made history as one of the first firm to use blockchain technology in the Russian aviation market allowing airlines immediate payment processing at the moment of refuelling, without pre-paid charges or bank guarantees.  Read more...
Russia's Roscosmos invites India to cooperate in manned space missions, satellite program, September 26, 2018: Russia invited India to become partners in training for manned space missions and in creating a satellite constellation for remote sensing of the earth, Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin has told reporters in New Delhi. "The Russian Federation may become India's partner in manned space missions, and today we confirmed our readiness to move forward in this direction. This work includes equipment, spacecraft's damage control and calculations, which are extremely important for avoiding emergency situations," Rogozin said after a meeting with National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India Ajit Kumar Doval.  Read more...
Mazda opens new engine plant in Russia, 26 September 2018: Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe recently attended the opening ceremony of a new engine plant at Mazda Sollers Manufacturing Rus in Vladivostok, which was launched officially on September 10. The plant is designed to manufacture 50,000 Sky Activ-G engines per year in accordance with the Euro-5 emission standard. Investors plan to export the engines to Mazda finished vehicles assembly plants outside Russia.  Read more...
Rosatom Ready to Replicate Smart City Digital Platform in Russia, Abroad, September 26, 2018: Russian nuclear corporation has tested and is ready to replicate its digital Smart City platform in Russia and abroad, Ksenia Sukhotina, Rosatom's official, told Sputnik. Digitization has become the central theme of the fifth international NDExpo forum, which is taking place in Moscow under the aegis of Rosatom on September 25-26.  Read more...
Houston - Tyumen Sister Cities
The Tyumen region attracts new investors, September 24, 2018: The Infrastructure Development Agency of the Tyumen region signed agreements with four potential investors at the last Tyumen Oil and Gas forum, including such companies as Alt-Invest group of companies, MKS group of companies, Ural NPO Service company, and manufacturing enterprise Ognivo-Media, being the representative of the French production company Group LeblancGroup.  Read more...
CIS Business News
Uzbekistan investing in health resort sector of Stavropol region of Russia, 25 September 2018: The official delegation of Uzbekistan has arrived in Stavropol region of Russia on a business mission, reported. During the visit, the members of the delegation led by the Head of the Administration (Governor) of Andijan region Shukhratbek Abdurakhmanov have met with the Governor of Stavropol (Russia) Vladimir Vladimirov.  Read more...
Railroad transportation between Azerbaijan, Russia grows, 27 September 2018: Russia is considering the possibility of supplying coal to Turkey and other countries through Azerbaijan, First Deputy Managing Director of Russian Railways JSC Alexander Misharin said. He was speaking Sept. 27 in Baku during the 9th Azerbaijan-Russia interregional forum. "Railroad transportation between Azerbaijan and Russia grew 18 percent in comparison with last year, and exceeded 6 million tons," Misharin said. Speaking about the International North-South Transport Corridor (India-Iran-Azerbaijan-Russia-Kazakhstan), he noted that interest in the project is growing.  Read more...
Ambassador: Armenia wants to create two logistics centers in North Caucasus, September 25, 2018: Armenia is interested in creating logistics centers in the Northern Caucasus, Armenian Ambassador to Russia Vardan Toghanyan said, RIA Novosti reported. According to him, the Northern Caucasus plays a special role for us.  "We plan several projects. In particular, I have already visited several regions of the Caucasus to create several logistics centers, "the ambassador said.  Read more...
Azerbaijan interested in further boosting trade, investments with Russia - minister, 27 September 2018: Azerbaijan is interested in further increasing trade and investments with Russia, Azerbaijan's Economy Minister Shahin Mustafayev said, Trend reports. He made the remarks Sept. 27 at an expanded meeting of the Azerbaijani-Russian and Russian-Azerbaijani business councils as part of the 9th Azerbaijan-Russia interregional forum.  Read more...
US-Russia Related News in Russian
Новости недели
Участники форума "Открытые инновации" обсудят сотрудничество России и Китая, 25 сентября, 2018: Участники форума "Открытые инновации" смогут обсудить инвестиционное сотрудничество России и Китая, в том числе в сфере высоких технологий, говорится в сообщении организаторов форума. Московский международный форум инновационного развития "Открытые инновации" проходит ежегодно с 2012 года под эгидой правительства РФ. В этом году он состоится 15-17 октября в инновационном центре "Сколково". РИА Новости медиагруппы "Россия сегодня" выступает официальным информационным агентством форума.  Читать далее...
По диверсификации экспорта Россия обошла Японию, 27 сентября, 2018: Как сообщает журнал «Эксперт», специалисты Российского экспортного центра (РЭЦ) рассчитали показатели диверсификации несырьевого неэнергетического экспорта стран мира по итогам 2017 года. Теоретический максимум диверсификации равен 44, по числу существующих товарных групп (минимум - единице). Материалы исследования публикуются в составе обзора российского экспорта, ежегодно публикуемого изданием.  Читать далее..., 26 сентября, 2018: 24-26 октября 2018 года в городе Ярославле состоится VIII Международный туристический форум «Visit Russia», который соберет на ярославской земле ведущих представителей отечественного и международного туристического сообщества для обсуждения актуальных проблем и достижений туристической отрасли. Читать далее...
Россия и Бангладеш обсудили экспорт зерновых и картофеля, 25 сентября, 2018: В Министерстве сельского хозяйства РФ состоялись финальные переговоры с бангладешской стороной по поводу экспорта зерна. Как сообщает собкор ИА « Казах-Зерно», возглавила переговоры начальник Управления земельного надзора, контроля качества и безопасности зерна Россельхознадзора Ольга Захарова. Во время встречи бангладешская стороны составила ряд вопросов к российским коллегам, а именно о классе пшеницы, выращиваемой в РФ, отправляемой на экспорт, о методиках, использующихся для определения химического загрязнения в пшенице и наличию на территории РФ ряда подкарантинных объектов.  Читать далее...
Армения планирует создать логистические центры на Северном Кавказе, 25 сентября, 2018: Армения заинтересована в создании логистических центров на территории Северного Кавказа, сообщил посол закавказской республики в Москве Вардан Тоганян. «Северный Кавказ играет для нас особое место, потому что именно через него идёт всё транспортное сообщение Армении с Россией. Мы намечаем несколько проектов. В частности, я уже посетил несколько регионов (Северного) Кавказа на предмет создания нескольких логистических центров», - рассказал посол на брифинге по итогам презентации в министерстве по делам Северного Кавказа, передает РИА «Новости».  Читать далее...
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