Media: Poltavchenko told about the threat of bread shortages in St. Petersburg

The Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko the letter informed the Vice Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich that the city faces higher bread prices and a shortage of bakery products. The reason – the lack of cars for shipping grain.


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The difficulties of a number of mills of St. Petersburg, Georgy Poltavchenko, said in a letter to the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Arkady Dvorkovich, reports “Kommersant”. Poltavchenko noted that due to the active export of grain milling enterprises in the city are unable to obtain cars for transportation.

As pointed out in a letter to the Governor of the Orenburg, Saratov, Samara, Novosibirsk and Omsk regions are key suppliers of grain for the baking industry of St. Petersburg. These regions included in the list of priority regions for export of grain for export by rail.

The head of St. Petersburg feared that the situation will critically affect the supply of urban milling industries and could lead to a shortage of bakery products and higher prices.

On the rail market dominant entity of the Federal Antimonopoly service (FAS) is recognized as the company “Rusagrotrans”. Prices of “Rusagrotrans” controller machines monitored, so the cars from this company are cheaper than other operators with a free pricing.

“So the fight is just for his cars,” explains the interlocutor of the edition in the industry. But the St. Petersburg company can’t take a turn at “Rusagrotrans”, because “all painted before the winter.”

The transport Ministry is considering the issue, said the representative Dvorkovich Aliya Samigullina. According to “Kommersant”, it is proposed to extend the workweek to the employees of the Rosselkhoznadzor responsible for the preparation of documents for railway shipments of grain, to allow shipment and on weekends.

The Ministry also propose to introduce a penalty for demurrage of wagons to shippers and stations of discharge. Also discussed is the necessity of monitoring prices of non-dominant operators.

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