On October 10, 2012, the U.S.- Russia Chamber of Commerce (“USRCC”) hosted a reception for the Russian delegation to Breakbulk Americas 2012 Conference and Exhibition, the largest shipping and logistics conference held in Houston every two years.

The reception, whose sponsors included: UCL Holding and Universal Forwarder (platinum), American Shipping and Chartering (bronze), and Belomortrans (bronze), was attended by approximately 70 people, including many members of USRCC. Following remarks by the USRCC Chair and the Port of Houston Authority, representatives of Universal Cargo Logistics (UCL) Holding made a presentation on their company, which is an international transportation group.

Companies within the holding perform transportation of cargo by rail and river‐sea transport, handling of cargo in Russian ports, render logistical services, and also perform cruise activities. The holding consolidates several railway operators, stevedoring companies, and a number of shipping and logistic assets. UCL Holding and Universal Forwarder operate the commercial port of St. Petersburg as well as several other ports in Russia. The reception provided an excellent opportunity for networking and business development among participants.

Thanks to the generosity of USRCC member American Shipping and Chartering, USRCC was also able to share space in the American Shipping and Chartering booth at Breakbulk Americas 2012. This brought more visibility to the Chamber and allowed for additional outreach to companies involved in the exhibition. Our thanks to American Shipping and Chartering for affording us such an opportunity!


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