15 Oct 2010 21:27

Cargo transit tariffs to be unified for Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan by Jan 1, 2013 - Putin

MOSCOW. Oct 15 (Interfax) - All tariffs for transit transportation of cargo between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan as members of the customs union will be unified by January 1, 2013, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said.

"We have agreed that we will unify the domestic tariff and the export-import tariff by January 1, 2013. It will be the same. It will be lower than the current transit tariff," Putin told journalists in Moscow on Friday.

Manufacturers from Kazakhstan currently transporting their cargo through Russia pay the transit tariff, Putin said.

"On January 1, 2015, Kazakh and Belarusian transportation companies will have another opportunity: They will be able to use their own locomotive fleet in transporting cargo using Russian railroads," he said.