Since 2013, the delivery of goods by rail from the enterprise to the port has more than doubled, Alexander Krivoruchko, head of the Wagon Owners Association, states in his column at the CTS.
“Ukrzaliznytsia” simply does not have the right number of locomotives for the rapid transportation of trains with cargo, he explains. From 1758 cars only 945 are working.
The average run-out of the locomotive fleet reaches 97%. At the same time, UZ keeps a monopoly on cargo transportation and especially on traction for them, and at the same time, according to Krivoruchko, the company is investing little in the renewal of rolling stock.
Acquisition of 30 new locomotives by the 1st quarter of 2019 will not improve the situation, the expert believes. After all, their deficit, according to market participants, is above 100 units.
The wagons with cargoes that are out of work regularly and for a long time, Krivoruchko calls “warehouses on wheels.” It prevents farmers sending their goods for export, at least their payment is delayed, that is, foreign exchange earnings.
“Rhythmic revenues of dollars or euros from the sale of goods for export could stabilize the exchange rate inside the country,” Krivoruchko concludes. “But this does not happen – the hryvnia is falling slowly but steadily. From the beginning of the year, it has been fallen by 7.7%.”
As we wrote earlier, the trade and industrial company “Vikom” had their contract for $1 million in jeopardy. Many companies found themselves in a similar situation due to the collapse of the railway.