Smolny: the introduction of fees for driving trucks will only slightly affect prices

ST. PETERSBURG, November 16. The introduction of fees for heavy vehicles for travel on Federal highways will slightly affect the cost of goods. The journalists in the press center was informed by the Chairman of the Committee on development of entrepreneurship and consumer market of St. Petersburg followed him Kachaev, citing experts.

“According to experts, the increase in fees for heavy trucks will increase the cost of transportation by 10% but not on products. In the price of goods increase will be quite minor,” said Kachaev, adding that officials own calculations were made.

According to the General Director of Agency “Infoline-Analytics” Michael Burmistrova, in itself is a fee for heavy trucks to a rise in commodity prices will not have, but can be a reason to revise the contracts with customers. “Carriers in the last five years has seriously raised the price of transportation, and this situation may become a reason for reviewing rates. This is the main risks,” he said, adding that currently the equipment for toll collection is only in the Moscow region and St. Petersburg, this measure will have no impact. “For St. Petersburg it’s not critical to us is of little goods directly from Moscow, mainly through the port,” added the expert.

From November 15 trucks with a permissible maximum weight exceeding 12 tonnes have started to pay 1.53 per ruble for each mile of way on Federal highways in Russia. Such fees, according to the decree of the RF government dated 3 November, will continue until 29 February 2016.

The reduced fee is achieved by using a decreasing ratio of 0.41 to the previously adopted rate of 3.73 per 1 ruble per km From 1 March 2016 until 31 December 2018 heavy trucks will pay the tariff with a reduction factor of 0.82 – 3.06 rubles per 1 km. From January 1, 2019 the fee will be for heavy vehicles full – 3,73 rubles per 1 km.

In anticipation of the introduction of the collection of representatives of several major retail chains and food producers have expressed concerns that the new fee may lead to disruptions in supply and, consequently, to higher prices for goods, which transport trucks.