Trucking companies hauling more than 12 tonnes (13.2 tons) in Russia will have to pay new federal highway tolls starting November 15th that could increase transport costs up to 15 percent, according to the Journal of Commerce.
The planned charge of 3.73 ruble ($0.05) per kilometer could bankrupt some trucking companies that aren’t able to pass the added cost onto customers.
Several Russian shipping companies specializing in trucking are considering submitting a petition to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev asking to him block the controversial decision.
The situation is aggravated by a decline in freight rates that has averaged 30 percent this year, compared to 2014. For example, the rate for transporting one container by truck from Moscow to St. Petersburg has fallen from 60,000 rubles to 40,000 rubles.
The government expects the tax will bring in an additional 40 billion rubles for the federal budget in 2016. However if the government pushes ahead with the plan and refuses to reduce the charge, shippers plan to start protesting when the tax takes effect.
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