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Russian Railways to reduce tariffs on transportation of a wide range of goods from 30 October 2021

The Management Board of Russian Railways, meeting under the chair of Oleg Belozerov, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, has adopted a number of decisions to reduce tariff levels on freight transportation within the framework of a “tariff corridor.”

The reduced tariffs will apply to the transportation of timber products, rolled ferrous metals, alcoholic beverages, gas condensate, sulphuric acid and cargo in refrigerated containers.

The following discounts will therefore come into effect from 30 October 2021:

35% on the domestic and export transportation of products from the timber industry in covered wagons from the stations at Far Eastern Railways. The discount will remain in force until 31 December 2025;

50% on the transportation of alcoholic beverages (position ETSNG 591) in 40-foot refrigerated containers from Chernyakhovsk and Dzerzhinskaya-Novaya stations in the Kaliningrad Region to Bely Rast station in the Moscow Region. To apply until 31 December 2022;

36.3% on the domestic and export transportation of rolled ferrous metals (ETSNG code 324116) in open box cars from Voinovka station in the Tyumen Region. It will apply until the end of 2021 only for additional traffic volume exceeding a total of 102,000 tons for 2021;

39% for the additional volume of domestic and export shipments of sulphuric acid in tanks from the Verkhnyaya and Revda stations at Sverdlovsk Railways and from the stations Mednogorsk, Pyrit and Elektrostation at South Ural Railways in the direction of the stations: Koshta at Northern Railways, Yulievka at Privolzhskaya Railways and Volkhovstroy II at October Railways – in total over 315,000 tons per annum; in the direction of the stations Belorechenskaya and Nevinnomysskaya at North Caucasus Railways, Sala at October Railways and Maklets, Severnaya and Krasnoe (export) at Moscow Railways (hereinafter – Shilainiai at Lithuanian Railways) – over 220,000 tons per annum.

The discount will apply until 31 December 2022. At the same time, from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022, the total volume of sulphuric acid shipments from Pyrit station should be at least 470,000 tons per annum and from the stations Verkhnyaya, Revda, Mednogorsk and Elektrostation at least 1,549,000 tons per annum, including at least 970,000 tons per annum in the direction of other destination stations (with the exception of Koshta, Yulievka, Volkhovstroy II, Sala, Belorechenskaya, Nevinnomysskaya, Maklets, Severnaya and Krasnoe (export).

In addition, from 30 October 2021, the conditions for granting a 20.4% discount for the carriage of goods in the second and third tariff classes in refrigerated containers on domestic routes between major conurbations will be expanded. In particular, it will now apply to routes from the stations at the Novosibirsk hub – Inya-Vostochnaya, Kleshchikha and Novosibirsk-Vostochny to stations on Sakhalin Island – Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk-Gruzovoy, Kholmsk, Nogliki and Korsakov.

The conditions for granting a 20.4% discount on the transportation of export goods in the second and third tariff classes in refrigerated containers to China have also been expanded. Now, the discount not only applies in the direction of the Russian-Chinese border station Zabaikalsk (export), but also in the direction of Naushki station (export) when proceeding further to the Mongolian-Chinese border crossing Zamyn-Uud – Erlian, as well as in the direction of the Russian-Kazakh border stations when proceeding further to the Kazakh-Chinese border crossings Dostyk – Alashankou and Altynkol – Khorgos. In addition, the discount has been extended until 31 December 2022.

For the period up to the end of 2022, discounts have similarly been introduced for the import transportation of goods in the second and third tariff classes in refrigerated containers and reefer wagons as part of a group of refrigerated rolling stock passing through the Samur border transfer station (export) for delivery to Selyatino station at Moscow Railways, as well as for the return of the empty wagons:

20.4% from/to Astara station (export) at Azerbaijan Railways;

50% from/to Khachmas station at Azerbaijan Railways.

From 1 January to 30 November 2022, a 6% discount will apply to the transportation of gas condensate in tanks from Limbey station at Sverdlovsk Railways to Luzhskaya, Luzhskaya (export) and Buslovskaya (export) stations at October Railways, Kombinatskaya station at West Siberian Railways and Zeletsino at Gorky Railways, as well to the return of the empty wagons following these deliveries.

In order to take advantage of the tariff, a shipper will have to ensure a total guaranteed volume of traffic on the indicated routes of at least 9.5 million tons in 2022 with the possibility of deviating from the guaranteed volume by 10% downwards.

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