Indexation of tariffs for cargo rail transportation, as provided in the consolidated financial plan of Ukrainian Railways for 2017, will allow the company to only partially solve the problem by upgrading the rolling stock. This was during a meeting with participants of the transport market, said the Director for economy and Finance Andrey Ryazantsev Ukrzaliznytsia, the press service of the company.
Market participants discussed the possibility of indexation of tariffs in 2017 by 15%.
According to Ryazantsev, the rolling stock of Ukrzaliznytsya worn more than 90%, so in a few years over the lifetime of most cars and locomotives. Ukrzaliznytsia has prepared a programme of rolling stock renewal to 2021, which provides direct 108 billion on rolling stock.
“We were laying the indexation of tariffs on the growth rate of the producer price index, while in fact only 28% of the needs of Ukrzaliznytsya will be covered by the tariff changes. We have no way due to the indexation of tariffs to repair and renew the rolling stock completely, because he’s taken to extremes. The rest is our internal efficiency or use of resources, if market conditions will allow break-even to get loans in the national currency,” said Ryazantsev.
“We first came to the profitable activity according to international standards. Although it is only 122 million UAH at the end of the first half of 2017, but at the loss of the passenger traffic amounting to about 5 billion UAH”, – said Ryazantsev.
In Ukrzaliznytsia recalled that the last time rates were changed in April 2016, Since the prices of products, which is consumed by industry has increased significantly.
“In January-August of 2017, compared to the corresponding period in 2016, the rising cost of rail transport amounted to 107% and the price index of growth of industrial goods production is 130.8 á%. We have a difference in comparison of these two indicators in 23.8%, and this gap must at least reduce, in particular, by changing the level of tariffs. Why do we buy the same metal for the price 25-30% higher than a year ago, and their services can not even 15% of the index,” said the economic Director of Ukrzaliznytsya.
13 September 2017, the Cabinet approved the consolidated financial plan of Ukrainian Railways for 2017 in the calculation of the tariff increase from 1 October 2017 22.5%. Now there is a discussion with the participants of the transport market of the project of the decree of the Ministry of Infrastructure, which will be approved and put into effect the tariffs for the carriage of goods by rail.
Earlier it was reported that from the beginning of 2017 Ukrzaliznytsia has built on its own production capacities 1477 gondolas.