Russian shippers and transportation companies say they will have to increase their rates by 10 percent to 15 percent to keep up with the cost increases created by Russia’s “Platon” truck toll, according to information provided by the Journal of Commerce.
As we have reported earlier, starting November 15th federal highway tolls for trucking companies hauling more than 12 tons will double to 3.73 rubles ($0.05) per kilometer (0.62 miles). The increases will be felt mostly on federal highways such as the M4.
Transporters will have no choice but to raise rates for the majority of cargo, according to Vladislav Danilov, head of Transportnik, one of Russia’s largest trucking companies.
Platon had been in a pilot phase for the last several months, and so the burden of the new toll has so far not been too heavy because there was insufficient infrastructure to adequately track trucks and collect all the tolls.
The Russian government has denied that the toll will result in higher shipping rates or final prices for consumers.
Truckers joined the legal challenge said the toll was excessive taxation because they already have to pay vehicle and fuel taxes. The constitutional court rejected these claims, however, and there are no plans to further delay the Platon toll.
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