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BATL: Augulis’ goal is reaching an agreement on increase of cargoes for Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUBaltic Association – Transport and Logistics has sent an invitation to Latvia’s Transport Minister Uldis Augulis and Russian Federation’s Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov to find a solution for the catastrophic situation with cargo flow from Russia.

BATL emphasizes that over the course of several months Russian Railway has not been coordinating the volume of cargoes agreed upon with different companies up to 85% of the originally planned volume. Only 15% of the requested volume of cargoes was coordinated from Russian Railway’s side in August. This means one million tonnes of cargoes were not accepted. Because of that, Russian companies could not deliver the entire planned volume of cargoes to Latvia because of Russian Railway’s refusal to coordinate cargo flow.

As it is known, Russia has decided to divert its energy resources and other cargoes to its own ports, which have been undergoing rapid development in recent years. This is also shown by the tendency for cargo volumes in Latvia’s direction to decline rapidly. Transit companies expect another major cargo decline this year. The media has reported on multiple occasions that Russia has plans to reduce the flow of cargoes in Latvia’s direction and divert all of its cargoes from Baltic ports to its own by 2020.

BATL reminds that Latvia has three large ports – Riga, Ventspils and Liepaja. All of them are meant for exports. Cargoes handled by those ports mainly come from Russia, Belarus and other NIS countries. For Ventspils especially Russian transit goods form a major volume of cargoes.

BNN had previously reported that BATL President Inga Antane said that Latvia’s railway system is inefficient and should be changed to make the country able to compete with other countries.

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