TRANSPORT & TRANSIT POTENTIAL

Early October 2014, the VII International Forum ‘St. Petersburg – The Sea Capital of Russia. Transport & Transit Potential’ was held in St. Petersburg.

The Director General of TRANSLOGIX, Artur Vilyevich Yamalov, took part therein.

Yamalov’s report subject was declared as: ‘Overcoming of the conflict of interests of transport process participants as a principal factor of increasing the competitive capacity of Russian ports’.

By the example of the presentation, Artur Yamalov demonstrated some aspects of the port transport process participants.

TRANSPORT PROCESS PARTICIPANTS ARE:
  • public authorities
  • stevedoring companies
  • customs agents
  • ship and line agents
  • forwarding companies
  • motor carriers
  • sea port administration
  • railway

There are in all 4,897 centers of influence on the situation in the Greater Port of St. Petersburg as of the year 2014.

INTERESTS OF STEVEDORING COMPANIES:
  • increase in profits
  • increase of the pay storage rates
  • increase in the volume of removal of imported goods
INTERESTS OF FORWARDERS:
  • ensuring of goods passing through the port terminals
  • increase of the profit rate of orders
  • crediting through the deferral of payment of accounts
INTERESTS OF LINE AGENTS:
  • aspiration for the increase in agent’s profits
  • resale of stevedoring companies’ services with a price markup
INTERESTS OF PUBLIC AUTHORITIES:
  • exercise of quality control
INTERESTS OF CUSTOMS AGENTS:
  • ensuring of customs clearance of goods as soon as possible
INTERESTS OF MOTOR CARRIERS:
  • obtaining proceeds from their activity
  • maintaining their truck fleet in good order
INTERESTS OF RAILWAY:
  • following the existing internal procedures
  • indexation and increase of the transportation rates
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS IN THE FIELD OF LOGISTICS IN ST. PETERSBURG:
  • Association of Commercial Maritime Ports
  • ‘Hermes’ Nonprofit Partnership ‘Guild of Foreign Economic Activity Professionals’ – –
  • Nonprofit Partnership ‘Association of St. Petersburg Sea Agents’
  • ‘GRUZAVTOTRANS’ Nonprofit Partnership
WORLD PRACTICE:
  • Port of Rotterdam (port business community)
  • Port of Hamburg (forwarders, stevedores, shipping companies)
  • Port of Tallinn (stevedoring and logistic companies)
  • Riga Container Terminal (all-round cargo transshipment site)
  • Khamina/Kotka (all port transport process participants)
PLAN OF MEASURES TO IMPROVE THE SITUATION IN MARITIME PORTS:
  • implementation of the ‘single window’ mechanism for control authorities
  • adjustment of the list of documents in accordance with international standards
  • integration of information systems of public control authorities
  • implementation of a preliminary information system
  • possibility of a prompt departure of goods from the port
  • ensuring of twenty-four-hour work of control authorities
  • exclusion of the requirement of an obligatory conveyance of control authorities’ representatives to a ship by ship owners
  • establishment of consultative bodies at the maritime port administration

The plan of measures must be put into action by 2015. Representatives of business, transport committees and departments took part in the forum, which, no doubt, will contribute to the improvement of the situation.

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