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FARC: Prices for fish in Moscow are growing because of intermediaries

The increase in fish prices in the context of the import embargo can in no way be connected with the transport component, the Far Eastern Railway (Far Eastern Railways, a branch of Russian Railways) said on Thursday.

“The wholesale price, for example, for pink salmon in Primorye has increased from 67 to 130 rubles (for 1 kg - IF), and the retail price for it in Moscow today is 240 rubles. But this cannot be connected with the transport component, which did not change during the year ", - are given in the message the words of acting. Head of the Far Eastern Territorial Center for Corporate Transport Services Alexei Lonshakov.

To normalize the situation, the Far Eastern Railway proposes to exclude a whole chain of intermediaries and create a structure under the auspices of the Government of the Primorsky Territory that would consolidate the organization of the sale of Far Eastern seafood from miners to the end consumer. "It is also necessary to continue the development of logistics centers in the Far East, allowing the storage of fish and other perishable goods in refrigeration facilities that are competitive to Busan and other international ports," the message says.

In January-September 2014, the loading of fish at the Far Eastern Railways' test site amounted to 441 thousand tons (with a total catch in the Far East in 2,2 million tons), which is 6,6% more than the same period last year. However, in September, despite the announced embargo on the import of Atlantic fish, the carrier noted an overall decrease in fish shipments (52,7 thousand tons) by 14% by September 2013.

For 9 months of this year, 52 accelerated refueling trains were sent from the forming stations (100,3 thousand tons, an increase of 40% compared to last year). However, the potential of this type of transportation is used only by 6%, since since the beginning of the year such "cold" trains could transport 1,5 million tons of fish. The train schedule allows two "cold" trains to be sent daily with a route speed of 1060 km / day. Such a train delivers fish to the stations of the Sverdlovsk railway in 8 days.

In addition, it is reported that the Far Eastern Railway, with the participation of Refservice and Transcontainer (MOEX: TRCN), is developing a technology for sending seafood to Moscow according to the schedule of the Transsib container train in 7 days at the speed of a passenger train. It is planned to include refrigerated sections, thermos cars, as well as insulated containers.

The carrier underlines that he has no problems with rolling stock. On 8 October, the mainline had 420 wagons of isothermal rolling stock, including 120 wagons at the main fish loading station Mys Churkin, which allows transportation of 22 thousand tons of fish (34% of the fish volume in warehouses).

At the same time, more than 400 units of isothermal rolling stock at the Far Eastern Railway site are idle while waiting for loading of fish products.

The aggregate cooling capacities in the ports of the Far East are 73 thousand tons, which does not exceed 2,5% of the catch in the region (about 3 million tons per year). At 8 October they stored 58 thousand tons of fish.

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