Global Freight Summit 2023 by DP World: Key Insights and Thoughts from SeaRates

2023. 11. 22. Sophia Shkuro Sophia Shkuro

Introduction: What is the Global Freight Summit 2023?

We are excited to introduce you to the insights and discoveries in global logistics from the Global Freight Summit 2023. The Global Freight Summit is a global conference where experts from transportation, logistics, supply chain, and related industries present their latest achievements and share innovative solutions to today's challenges. Everyone at the Summit joins a progressive forwarding community and gets opportunities to develop and analyze key trends in international freight transportation for their business.

The event is organized by DP World, a global leader in global supply chain solutions, specializing in freight logistics, port terminals, maritime services, and free zones.

The Global Freight Summit brings together a diverse range of speakers from all corners of the globe, each bringing their unique perspectives, backgrounds, and industry expertise to the fore. The Global Freight Summit provides an exceptional platform for attendees to network with the leaders of the logistics and supply chain industries.

Among the featured speakers who joined a range of keynotes and interesting networking sessions were representatives of Apple Computer Inc., Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism, Tesla Motors, the University of Oxford, and the Digital Freight Alliance, among many others. This year's gathering promises a deeper exploration of the key factors that keep the world's freight moving.

In this article, the SeaRates team explores the spirit of the Global Freight Summit 2023, which unfolded between the 15th and 17th of November. Join us as we navigate through the highlights, reveal key takeaways, and share our team impressions from the conference.

Global Freight Summit 2023: What was the agenda?


Day 1

The first day of the Global Freight Summit 2023 offered an immersive experience, with a range of engaging sessions from morning to evening. The event kicked off at 8:00 am, with registration open throughout the day, allowing attendees to use the event app for business matchmaking and facilitating one-to-one meetings.

The day officially began at 9:00 AM with a warm welcome from Amandeep Bhangu, Master of Ceremonies and former BBC News presenter. The opening session, led by Mike Bhaskaran, Group COO of Digital Technology at DP World, then set the stage for a day of insights into the future of the supply chain.

One of the main highlights of the morning was a Q&A session on innovation and creativity with the renowned Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer Inc. Also included in the program were informal conversations about Dubai's position as a significant trading center, a glimpse into the future of the internet by its inventor - Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and a perceptive discussion on managing the intricacies of international trade. 

The morning break gave attendees a chance to network and share ideas. This set the tone for later sessions, which looked at topics like innovation, digital platforms, and the future of supply chains. Later sessions focused on boosting Asia's trade, linking markets in the GCC area, and increasing growth with key speakers from respected organizations. The day ended at 5:00 PM with Amandeep Bhangu giving closing remarks. Then, there was a networking reception at Miss Tess, Taj Hotel, Business Bay Dubai, starting at 7:00 PM. This capped off a day of vibrant and insightful discussions.

Day 2

Afterward, the program proceeded no less interestingly. Day 2 featured in-depth presentations on global trade trends and regional studies of sustainable development in the corners of the globe. 

Representatives of freight forwarding associations around the world focused the attention of more than 4000 visitors on the nuances of trade and logistics centers around the world: 

  • improving the operational performance of businesses;
  • trends in promoting development in the regions of Africa, Europe, and others;
  • redesigning supply chains for the American market;
  • practical application of such innovations as green technologies 
  • and large panel discussions

You can find the topics of the presentations delivered at the event. Check out the event agency by following the link on the Global Freight Summit 2023 website.

We were honored to have the opportunity to present at the Summit and share our achievements with the forwarding community while also introducing SeaRates digital logistics to new customers. 

Ekaterina Komarova, Head of IT Sales, Stanislav Salamakha, Logistics Account Manager, and Mariia Slabenko, Head of DFA, spoke to a large audience of innovators and pioneers of the modern logistics market. 

Thanks to Ekaterina Komarova, the audience found out about the variety of SeaRates IT tools for logistics, their strong points, and ways to meet most of the needs of businesses in diverse industries. The report thoroughly demonstrated the achievements of our specialists and advanced functionality in new developments.

Stanislav Salamakha reported on SeaRates' achievements in the freight services market and revealed the possibilities of simplifying logistics. Reliable financing and streamlined quotations for your business's trade operations are frequent requests that we are proud to handle. Optimized cargo transportation processes and management of the entire supply chain can already be implemented in your business without unnecessary delay. 

In turn, Mariia Slabenko revealed the side of cooperation in the freight forwarding community, providing a full overview of the opportunities in the Digital Freight Alliance Membership Tiers for your company's prosperity. You can find out how to make logistics work for you and expand the geography of your services by following the link to the Digital Freight Alliance.

What were some of our favorite moments from this year's event?

We were also delighted to join the Global Freight Summit in Dubai this year. An abundance of speakers and a pleasant networking atmosphere completed the depth of insights and knowledge we gained at the Summit.  

Representatives of our SeaRates team will be happy to share the key thoughts and ideas they gained from attending this event. The floor of the SeaRates!

"I was glad to be a part of such a large-scale event as the Global Freight Summit 2023 and to experience and see new sources of opportunities for worldwide businesses. Our customers from different countries who attended the event were impressed, and we see more solutions to satisfy your business needs. 

Also, this event has a significant impact, especially for the SeaRates team. The Global Freight Summit 2023 was perfectly planned, including team building, rallying the entire workforce, and cementing the cooperation of all SeaRates Departments in different parts of the world. I was also very happy to see my colleagues from the foreign SeaRates offices again. It was a pleasure to meet them in person and communicate with all the team members.

I would like to express my gratitude to DP World for organizing the event. Hope we will continue to maintain this tradition and see everyone next year."

- Ekaterina Komarova, Head of IT Sales in SEARATES

"This year, I was impressed by the venue and the gathering of attendees. The whole atmosphere was filled with installations and object animation. It was definitely a creative approach. SeaRates has been in every corner of this space and was the joint exhibitor with DPWorld and GFS.

Furthermore, GFS has developed its brand, which is very impressive.

I was glad to meet new faces — our customers and partners. This year, there were much more visitors. Certainly, it was a great pleasure to see our SeaRates team — everyone feels as though they are family."

- Aliona Malik, Head of the Creative Department in SEARATES


"I gained a great deal of experience and was assured that the 2023 Global Freight Summit was an extraordinary event, without a doubt. I would like to extend my thanks to our globally diverse team for their tremendous efforts in making this event happen."

- Valentine Ostapenko, IT Department Team Lead in SEARATES



"This year's Global Freight Summit was truly incredible. I wasn't expecting DP World to surpass GFS2022, but they accomplished it!

 Positive impressions are at all levels of the event, starting from the great Coca-Cola arena and finishing up with the smiles of the participants. It was great to meet all the partners with whom we are working right now and discuss with them future opportunities. As well as to meet new prospects and counterparties with whom there is a lot of potential for business. I can't wait for next year's GFS."

- Stanislav Salamakha, Logistics Account Manager in SEARATES




"I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the GFS2023 team, whom I deeply admire in the supply chain industry. The holding of such an exceptional, terrific, and stimulating GFS2023 was a remarkable conference indeed!

The insights I have gained from this one conference far exceed any other conference I have attended to date. Wonderful and well-presented! Where people exchange their ideas for promoting supply chain digitalization and discussing how to reduce carbon emissions.

Indeed! The GFS2023 conference ushers in more ideas for optimizing the supply chain by bringing better visibility across global challenges, vital for both streamlining the process and staying competitive in the market.

I'm so excited once more to participate in our GFS2024 together with visionaries in the supply chain industry."

- Resty Santo, Sales Support of DP World


Moreover, Alexey Shatunov shared his impressions of the organization of the Global Freight Summit 2023 and the essential impact of this event in his post on LinkedIn. Getting to know the SeaRates team and joining upcoming events!

Conclusion and Summary from Stefan Rogovskiy, CEO of SeaRates

The entire innovative logistics market is coming together under the auspices of the Global Freight Summit 2023. The event from DP World brings together transport operators from around the world: shipping companies, freight forwarders, airlines, cargo carriers, and other logistics service providers — in one place to explore common opportunities. We have gathered with BCOs and technology providers to build strength to meet the challenges of the upcoming 2024 and beyond.

GFS 2023 was the next level of the DP World's global event established a year ago, saturated by innovation experts in trade and logistics, and top speakers. We are so proud to see the strong and massive networking and concentration of energy between the best forwarders united under DFA and companies exploring their opportunities and contributing to the platform. The event format as well as the number of speakers is gradually growing, and we are looking forward to GFS 2024, which will bring even more fantastic things.

Each of the speakers carried important information through their speeches to the audience, where the visitors absorbed each word. What a pleasure to return from such an event with a bag of significant business opportunities! As CEO of SeaRates, I am very proud to be a part of the DP World family that made this happen. Our team is especially pleased to have seen the interest of freight forwarders in the Premium Membership of the Digital Freight Alliance. Every one of us has been happy to consult and provide you with access to greater business opportunities and solutions through the DFA. We believe in our joint success in the logistics market in 2024, given the excellent performance we have had so far.

Sophia Shkuro is a content manager from Dnipro, Ukraine. Believes that the more complex a thing is, the easier it should be to write about it. Dreams of a future vacation by the sea.

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