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On Thursday, December 15, the EU leaders agreed to extend economic sanctions against Russia for six more months, as declared at the press conference held by Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande in Brussels at the EU summit.
The third quarter of the current year was marked by a substantial slowdown in road freight traffic from the Russian Federation to the countries of the European Union, especially after a considerable increase in the first 6 months of 2016 against the same period of the previous year (with +20%). As a result, the positive trend in the volume of cargoes exported from Russia to the EU over the first three quarters of 2016 decreased totaling +7% (up to 7.5 million tons).
According to the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Ukrainian container ports increased cargo handling by 29% in January-February 2016 against the same period of the previous year. In total, 454 thousand TEUs were handled over that period. (In 2015, the decrease of container transshipment at sea ports made 30%).
There has been an increase in both the number of crimes committed on international routes and cargo theft cases lately.
Transportation of Lithium-Ion Batteries by Air Transport since April 2016. What Has Changed in Transportation Processes?
On April 1, ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) banned transportation of commercial batches with accumulators (lithium-ion batteries) in cargo compartments of passenger aircrafts. At the same time, regulations applicable for the batteries carried by cargo aircrafts became more stringent.
Actually, mornings usually begin with coffee, but not without TELS.
1,430 thousand tons of cargoes were transported by road from the countries of the European Union to the Republic of Belarus in the first six months of 2016, which is 15.3% less than in the same period of the previous year.
4,507 thousand tons of cargoes were imported from the countries of the European Union to the Russian Federation by road in the first 6 months in 2016. The decrease in imports against the same period of the previous year made 6.1 %.
In 2016, there has been an increase of 20.3% in goods imported by road to Ukraine from the countries of the European Union and 6.9% in exports against the same period of the previous year.
Russian road transportation market revealed a number of positive tendencies in the first half of the year 2016.
Negative Dynamics for the Volume of Goods Imported from the EU to the CIS by Road is Decreasing Each Month
The dynamics for the total volume of goods imported from the European Union to the CIS countries by road in January-May 2016 against the same period in the previous year remains negative; however, the decline rates are decreasing each month.
During January-April of 2016, exports from Kazakhstan to the countries of the European Union by road grew by 6.08% against the same period of the previous year, totaling 48.2 thousand tons.
Road Transportation Market from the EU to the CIS (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan) in January-March in 2015/16
Speaking about the volume of Russian exports to the countries of the EU, it increased significantly to France. Export of Ukraine revealed steady developing relations with Romania. Belarusian export (expressed in physical terms) grew steadily to Poland.
Road Transportation Market Between the EU and the Russian Federation. The Decline Continues Though More Slowly
In the first three months of the year 2016, road transportation market for imports from the European Union to the Russian Federation continued to decline on a year-over-year basis. However, this dynamics slowed noticeably with -10% in Q1 in 2016 against the same period in 2015 and -36.3% in Q1 in 2015 against the same period in 2014. February and March of the year 2016 improved the yearly dynamics considerably.
During the first three months in 2016, road freight traffic from the Republic of Belarus to the countries of the European Union increased almost by 30% against the same period in the previous year, totaling 758 thousand tons.
After a 2-year decrease in road transportation market between the EU and Ukraine, it has been steadily growing since the beginning of the current year. Within the first 3 months in 2016, the volume of goods imported by road from the European Union to Ukraine increased by 24.1%, up to 1,063 thousand tons, against the same period in the previous year.
On April 14, the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation made a written order to customs authorities to decrease the number of places for customs procedures.
Kazakhstan’s foreign trade market has been decreasing in the volume of exported and imported goods since 2014. For the year 2016, the International Monetary Fund predicts further considerable decrease in foreign trade with the following figures: -14% in the import of goods, -21% in the export of goods.
On April 19, Dmitry Medvedev, the Prime Minister of Russia, signed amendments to the Government Decree on Fees for travelling on Russian federal roads for vehicles registered abroad.