Since the moment, when AsstrA-Associated Traffic launched a new transit tariff payment service, our customers have enjoyed smooth transit of goods across Russia – via both land borders and sea ports where appropriate – from Finland, the Baltic States, Ukraine, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan.
Since its introduction, the new service has gained record popularity thanks to the increased reliability, lower costs, and faster delivery times of shipments whose transit tariffs have been settled through direct payment.
The service’s convenience and reliability have already been recognized by the world's largest metallurgical company, ArcelorMittal. The company contracted AsstrA to transport steel pipes from Mangyshlak, Kazakhstan, to Krivoy Rog, Ukraine. At the same time, in Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine, AsstrA organized direct payment of railway tariffs as per agreements with these countries’ railway authorities. As a result, 36 wagons with a total weight of 1.5 thousand tons were successfully shipped as part of this ArcelorMittal project between December 2017 and January 2018.
“The ability to pay all transit traffic fees across Russia without intermediaries is a key advantage allowing us to combine all the diverse aspects of a project into a single “picture.” Between our offices in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, we have a single network of railway communications,” says Acting Head of the AsstrA Railway Transportation Department Dmitrij Mikelev.
The new service has simplified transit transportation along many routes, of which the most in demand are between Ukraine and Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, and the Baltic States and Azerbaijan. The majority of freight traffic consists of agricultural and food products, as well as products related to the metallurgical and machine-building industries.