Media: FAS finalized rules for non-discriminatory access to Russian ports

MOSCOW, October 24 — RIA Novosti/Prime. The Federal Antimonopoly service (FAS) of Russia has finalized the draft rules of non-discriminatory access (IPA) services of ports and transport terminals; the document there are claims in the industry and the Ministry of transport, wrote on Monday the newspaper “Kommersant”.

Planned date of entry into force of the MDP — June 2017 and 10 October, the Deputy head of FAS Alexander Redko sent to the transport Ministry, the draft government resolution approving the rules, the newspaper reports. In this case, the document made a number of significant changes. So, there are no items pertinent cargo handling, loading and unloading to the services of natural monopolies, which would return the industry to the regulation of tariffs.

In addition, the new version requires stevedores to set prices and conduct transactions in rubles, also added a clause requiring the Railways to coordinate requests for transportation with the agreement of customers to the port. The document still requires stevedores to create the uniform tariff policy, to enter into contracts subject to the technical possibilities, to provide information about services, their volume throughput. PND also be obliged to submit an application for access to the infrastructure and not less than 30 days — application to receive services.

Treatment the stevedore shall maintain the registry on its website to post information about prices for services, plans to increase the technical capabilities of the port, data on the cost structure of infrastructure and the restrictions imposed on the transport of all types of transport, including rail.

According to the newspaper, the Ministry of transport sent FAS a negative evaluation on the IPA. Citing sources, it says that the Ministry, in particular, wants to eliminate the approval requirements for transportation by rail and to remove the definition of “access infrastructure”, as the wording is incorrect and allows users to hold and dispose of objects, and a section on disclosure on the Internet, because “the issue is not the subject of regulation of the project”.

In turn, the Association of sea commercial ports (ASOP) believe that the project contains a number of provisions which are contrary to law and unreasonably expand the obligations of the subjects of natural monopolies in Maritime transport — these liabilities are significantly higher than in other types of transport. The source of “Kommersant” among stevedores has agreed with the claims of the Ministry of transport and ASOP on the introduction of ruble settlements, obligations of disclosure and serializenode terms of contracts.