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Kaliningrad: The Outbound Gateway to Europe and Asia

  • 27 Aug 2020
  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PDT)

Once known as Koenigsberg, Kaliningrad - is the ultimate Western point of the Russian Federation located in a very heart of Europe on the shores of Baltic Sea. It's also known as the "Amber Region", possessing up to 90% of the world amber reserves.

Surrounded by Lithuania at the North and Poland on the South, Kaliningrad region is conveniently positioned in perfect proximity to the major international centers for trade, travel and transportation. Its advantages are actively used by global corporations for delivering products from Europe and Americas to Central and Pacific Asia and beyond. 

Serving as the transportation hub, Kaliningrad region is continuously growing not only as a popular tourism destination, but as a perfect location for many industrial giants seeking for safe and convenient location for localization of their production and distribution facilities. It has well established own industrial infrastructure and offering international business community exceptional benefits for development and cooperation, functioning as the unique Economic Zone of such scale in the Russian Federation.

CERBA in collaboration with the Representative office of the Government of Kaliningrad Region and the Trade Mission of the Russian Federation is pleased to invite our members and friends to learn about the untapped opportunities offered by this outstanding region to everyone looking into expansion of their business overseas.



Presentation of Kaliningrad Region: download HERE

Video-presentation of Kaliningrad Region (10 min) click HERE

Major companies with international capital

located in Kaliningrad Region:

  • ECOPET - THE LARGEST POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE PLANT IN RUSSIA AND EUROPE, Ekopet JSC is a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant of the trademark ЕköРet for production of PET bottles, cans and other food grade packaging, as well as various products for industrial and household use.
  • BARS - main producer of canned fish.  The BARS produces a wide range of high quality canned fish and meat, as well as canned poultry, mushrooms and vegetables. Due to the it’s quality, efficient management and well-thought-out pricing policy, BARS has won high place among domestic producers of canned products in recent years. The quality of its products has been repeatedly awarded with diplomas and gold medals at competitions and exhibitions. But, perhaps, the most important award is love and constant demand for BARS products from consumers.
  • SODRUGESTVO-SOYA       Sodrugestvo in Russia is one of the largest oilseed crushers,  company focuses on supplying oilseed processing products (oilseed meals, oils) to the markets of Russia, the FSU, Baltic States, Northern Europe and Scandinavia as well as supply of grain and other agricultural crops to the markets of Europe, North Africa and other Mediterranean countries.
  • Avtotor  -  is Russian automobile assembly company in Kaliningrad. It was founded in 1996. In 2008, it was one of the largest enterprises in Russia for the production and assembling of passenger cars of the BMW, Chevrolet, Hummer, Kia brands.

For more information and contacts of the Kaliningrad Region representatives, please, contact  CERBA-Vancouver

Program of Event:

8.00 - 8.05 – Call to order, technical instructions and introductions –

Tatiana Domilovskaya (Regional Director, CERBA-Vancouver Chapter)

8.05 - 8.15 – Opening remarks from the Moderator – Valerii Maximov, (Head of the Russian Trade Mission to Canada)

8.15 - 8.25 – Welcome remarks from the Representative of Kaliningrad Region under the Government of Russian Federation - Denis Saliy

8.25 - 8.40 – Video-presentation of Kaliningrad Region

8.40 - 9.10 – Presentation: Business potential of Kaliningrad Region –

Svetlana Bokareva/ Alexander Sharyshev (Advisers to the Head of the Representative Office of the Government of Kaliningrad Region under the Government of Russian Federation)

9.10 - 9.30 – Brief self-introductions of the major business stakeholders:

  • ECOPET – Shesterova Olga Vladimirovna, head of foreign trade activity department 
  • BARS - Bagrat Romeovich Murodyan, General manager 
  • SODRUGESTVO-SOYA   -    Mikhail Gorogkov, Financial Director
  • Avtotor  Andrei Varizhnikov, Deputy Director on Development
9.30 - 10.00 – Q&A session – Moderator, Valerii Maximov

10.00 - 10.15 – Moderator’s final remarks

10.15 – Conclusions and closing of event – Tatiana Domilovskaya

Speakers' BIOs : 

Valerii Maximov  | Denis Saliy, Svetlana Bokareva, Alexander Sharyshev | 

Tatiana Domilovskaya

We are grateful to the Representative Office of Kaliningrad Region for sponsoring this event

More on Kaliningrad Region:

Kaliningrad oblast is located in Central Europe. In the south it borders with Poland, in the north and east - with Lithuania. In the west the region is washed by the Baltic Sea. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, it became a half-exclave of Russia, as it has no land border with the mainland, but it is connected to it by sea.

The largest cities of the Kaliningrad region:

  • Kaliningrad (former Konigsberg, 453,000),
  • Sovetsk (former Tilsit, 41,000),
  • Chernyakhovsk (former Insterburg, 37,000),
  • Baltiysk (former Pillau, 33,000),
  • Gusev (former Gumbinnen, 28,000).

The maximum length of the region from west to east is 205 km, from north to south - 108 km. The largest rivers are the Neman and Pregel. 

This region is also called “Yantarny krai” meaning “Amber region” because it has about 90% of the world reserves of amber. Today, several hundred tons of amber is mined annually, but not much of it is used for the production of jewelry in the region.

The following industries are developed in the Kaliningrad region: machine-building, ship-building and repairing, car assembling, production and assembling of gadgets, production of building materials, food industry, wood processing and furniture-making. Fishing is also well developed.

About 90% of residents of Kaliningrad oblast have international passports, about 30% have Schengen visas.