LENSES, November 8. / Tass /. The Russian government has decided to increase the tariff for empty races for gondola cars as of 2019, the head of Russian Railways (RZD) Oleg Belozerov told reporters after a government meeting. At the same time, according to him, the indexation size has not yet been clarified. "At the moment, we plan 6% for all types of gondola cars," said the head of Russian Railways.
Commenting on the decisions taken at the government meeting, he noted: "The key area is the increase of 8% (tariff) of exports mainly and, as we have said, this means an increase in empty management payments, including improving the turnover of automobiles These rates of increase (rates) should fully balance the investment program by 2025. "At the same time, the extension of the 8% export mark to the rail freight rate will not affect aluminum and petroleum products.
"If next year the situation gets worse by some groups of export goods, then the Russian Railways will have to consider with colleagues the possibility of offering discounts to preserve the possibility of exporting products so as not to worsen the situation," added Belozerov.
As previously reported, the Prime Minister instructed on December 1 to finalize the long-term development program of Russian Railways by 2025. Based on their parameters, the specific size of the tariff increase for empty mileage must be determined.
Railways consider it appropriate to increase the empty mileage rate to improve the efficiency of the volume of business and the fleet of vehicles, said the head of the company Oleg Belozerov. On the other hand, the Union of Operators of Rail Transport (CLCT) appealed to the government a request not to introduce a tariff increase for conventional gondola cars. As an alternative proposal, the CLCT proposed abolishing preferential rates for the empty mileage of innovative cars.