Georgian Railway’s tariff changes are not enough to attract additional cargo, – the Transport Corridor Research Center says and considers that it is necessary to take further measures by the state, even at the legislative level, including introduction of a code “on Transit Promotion”.
According to the organization, 14 amendments / additions have been made to tariff policy by the Georgian Railway during 2017. The aim is partial or full compensation of the lost goods in recent years.
“However, amended tariff policy in 2017 could not provide to suspend downward trend of imported cargo, started in 2012. The decline is obvious, namely cargo transit achieves 4.9 million t in 2017, the decline will be increased by 59% comparing to 2012 (12.1 million t)”, – the Research Centre declares.
In addition, organization notes that the tariff benefits implemented by the Railway in 2017 were mainly aimed to attract chemical cargoes, which are high-quality cargo, requiring the subjective analysis.