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It is necessary to ensure sufficient profitability for fishermen of the Far East - Shestakov

On November 11, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation - Head of the Federal Agency for Fishery Ilya Shestakov held a meeting on the delivery of fish products from the Far East to the central part of Russia, the press service of the Federal Agency for Fishery reports.

The event was attended by representatives of the Central Office and territorial departments of the Federal Agency for Fishery, the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Federal Tariff Service of Russia, the Federal Antimonopoly Service, JSC Russian Railways, JSC Refservice, authorities of the constituent entities of the Far Eastern Federal District, as well as fishery and forwarding agents of the Far East.

As the head of Rosrybolovstva noted, more than 70% of the volume of aquatic bioresources is extracted in the Far East, and the centers of consumption of fish products are in the European part of Russia.

"Taking into account the long logistic shoulder, it is not the first time difficulties arise with the delivery of catches to the central part of Russia. And the instructions of the country's leadership concern not only the situation of the current year - we need to ensure that in the future the problem with the transportation of fish is not repeated, - said Ilya Shestakov, addressing the meeting participants. - It is necessary to establish internal logistics in order to ensure a sufficient profitability for fishermen of the Far East, and an affordable price for consumers in Central Russia. This problem requires our joint solution. "

Vasily Sokolov, deputy head of Rosrybolovstvo, noted that delivery problems are observed annually and are seasonal in nature: "In 2014, tariffs from August to October were at a traditionally high level - about twice as high as spring and winter indicators," he stated. - And there is no alternative to rail transportation from Vladivostok. Automobile transport is only small volumes. There is also the Northern Sea Route, but industrialists are not yet ready to form such volumes of fish that would ensure profitability when delivering the Northern Sea Route. "

According to him, by November, the cooling capacities in Primorsky Krai, which is the logistics center for shipments of fish, were filled at 80-90%. "Currently, there are no problems with the rolling stock. With 1 November, fish products are also supplied in thermos containers, which are cheaper. And we expect that this will affect the price, "- said Vasily Sokolov. At the same time, the fish is better preserved when transported in refrigerated containers. In addition, their use allows you to transport smaller lots, which allows the business to more successfully calculate the logistics. In this regard, fishermen see the prospects for using refcontainers to transport fish, he added.

Ilya Shestakov noted that it is necessary to calculate the losses and the incomes of fishermen who have not received their income due to delays in the ports.

The general director of JSC Refservice Alexander Vilnov confirmed that the temporary shortage of rolling stock in the Primorye is observed annually from the end of September, and during the way, the refuges can be idle due to the length of the vetoforming.

According to the head of the Far Eastern Directorate for Traffic Management (RZD) Vitaly Zelenko, only in October of this year 62,1 thousand tons of fish products were sent to the domestic market from Vladivostok, including 25,3 thousand tons in thermos cars and 36,8 thousand tons in refrigerated trucks containers, which is 32% more than 2013 of the year. He recalled that since 2013, the practice of sending fish products in accelerated trains, with reduced delivery times, has been introduced. Over the 10 months of the current year, 53 of such trains went to Central Russia - 2 times more than last year. “On the Far Eastern Railway, we have the necessary amount of rolling stock: more than 800 refrigerated cars and thermos cars,” said a Russian Railways spokesman. “Today there is an excess amount of rolling stock that is not claimed.”

Ilya Shestakov appealed to the regional authorities with a request to continue to closely monitor the situation and promptly inform about any problems, so that the federal authorities would be involved in solving them if necessary. He also drew attention to the need to draw up forecasting schedules for sending fish not only on the basis of data from fish producers in the Primorsky Territory, but also in other regions of the Far East. The head of the Federal Agency for Fishery ordered the territorial administrations to join this work and organize, jointly with the authorities of the subjects, to collect plans for supplying fish producers and providing this data to the working group on fish transportation established in Primorsky Krai.

The issue of subsidizing railway tariffs was also discussed. According to Ilya Shestakov, currently there is an interagency coordination and finalization of the project on granting subsidies from the federal budget for the transportation of frozen herring from the Far Eastern Federal District in 2015. At the meeting it was also noted that Rosrybolovstvo considers it necessary to consider the issue of reducing the rail tariff for the transportation of frozen fish products with refrigerated containers to the level of a similar tariff charged for the transportation of a conventional container.

In addition, the head of Rosrybolovstvo instructed to prepare an appeal to the FAS with a request to analyze the situation with the presence of rolling stock in the Far East and pricing in the field of tariff policy.

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