Autotransportations between Russia and Poland on the verge of collapse

Autotransportations between Russia and Poland on the verge of collapse


Trucking was in jeopardy after the failure of the Polish side to provide their Russian colleagues with specific proposals on the sharing permissions for 2016 and their requirements change Russian laws relating to Polish carriers.

MOSCOW, 29 Jan. Autotransportations between Russia and Poland appeared to be in jeopardy after the failure of the Polish side to provide their Russian colleagues with specific proposals on the sharing permissions for 2016 in response to the Russian proposal, requiring order the ultimate change in relation to Polish carriers by the Federal law and the normative acts adopted by Russian transport authorities.

On Wednesday, the Ministry of transport of the Russian Federation received a letter from the Deputy Minister of infrastructure of Poland, in which “once again expressed dissatisfaction with the Polish party” new requirements of Russian legislation in the sphere of regulation of international road transport, aimed at strengthening of state control over them.

The Ministry, in turn, explains that the requirements of the Russian legislation aimed at streamlining the control of Russian permits for the transport of goods in relations with third countries and designed to make competition among motor carriers in the international market of road transport services honest and transparent.

“With a view to resolving the current situation, the Ministry of transport has written to the Polish side another proposal to align the contingent of permits, and also taking into account the tight schedule of finding mutually acceptable solutions, proposed to extend the validity of permits 2015 to 15 February 2016”, — notes the Ministry of transport.

“Unfortunately, declared during the meetings of the destructive position of the Polish delegation to date has not allowed the parties to proceed to practical discussion of the basic subject of negotiations and agree on the sharing permissions for the current year, which creates a risk of stopping of freight traffic between Russia and Poland and transit traffic,” says the Association of international road carriers (ASMAP) on your website.

According to the Association, the Polish side is traced to the desire to increase the carriage of goods in relation to third countries and to maintain the dominance of the market of bilateral transport with Russia. “Polish carriers have the highest among the EU countries the number of Russian permits for the transport of goods to/from third countries, and their share in bilateral traffic is 70%,” says AIH.

Poland uses its transit potential as a tool of pressure on the Russian side to obtain additional quantities of Russian permits for transport to increase its share and ousting from the market of carriers from the Russian Federation, according to ASMAP.

“Despite the offer of Ministry of transport, Ministry of infrastructure and the construction of Poland did not confirm the extension of validity of permits in 2015. We draw the attention of the Russian carriers, which travel within the territory of Poland, starting from 1 January 2016, permits for 2015 is possible,” warned the Association.

The peculiarity established earlier in the year the situation is that the transport ministries of Russia and Poland could not agree on the number of permits to their carriers by 2016, says CEO AIH Andrey Kurushin.

“The main stimulus for the Polish side was the adoption in Russia of legislative and normative acts regulating monitoring of the implementation on the territory of the Russian international road haulage by foreign vehicles, including transport of goods from third countries,” he said.

“The new legislation eliminated the existing shortcomings in Russian legislation, using which unscrupulous foreign carriers imported from third countries to Russia goods under cover of preferential bilateral mode of transportation,” explains Kurushin.

According to the Director of AIH, as a result of applying Polish carriers illegal methods of competition in the Russian transport companies are left without cargo and lose its position in the European market.

“It seems that in the continuation of this unfavorable for Russian carriers of the situation, which occurred prior to the adoption of the Federal law No. 362-FZ, and the Polish party is interested, why it was taking the unprecedented and dangerous to transport and foreign trade of our countries,” notes Kurushin.

“It should be understood that the refusal of the Polish side of the exchange of permits entail an automatic ban on entry to the Russian carrier on the territory of Poland and Polish – on the territory of Russia. If the parties fail to agree, the ban will take effect from 1 February 2016. Then the cargo transportation of Russian and Polish carriers between European countries and Russia will be stopped”, — he concluded.