Transportation from the Balkan Peninsula. New Logistics
- How is the delivery of goods from the Balkan region usually organized?
- Can you ensure stable reliability of transportation from the Balkan region bypassing Ukraine?
- It is known that Russian road carriers have been experiencing a shortage of Polish permits for many years. How do you solve this problem?
- What is your advantage in organizing shipments under the scheme with the use of a transshipment warehouse in Poland? Can other international logistics companies organize it?
- Are there any restrictions on the composition or types of cargo for the use of your transshipment warehouse in Poland?
Vitaly Yefimchik, Head of Customer Department (Balkans)
How is the delivery of goods from the Balkan region usually organized?
Under normal circumstances, road transport from the Balkan region (Turkey, Greece, Romania and other countries) to the Russian Federation most often passed through Ukraine. Today, this route is closed due to the military situation in that country.
It is possible to make a detour through Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, and Belarus. But there is a problem here: Russian road carriers have very few international permits for transit traffic through Hungary, which results in limited supply of carrying capacity on this route and, accordingly, high freight rates. By the end of the year the problem of permit shortage becomes even more acute.
Can you ensure stable reliability of transportation from the Balkan region bypassing Ukraine?
Our company is also experiencing a shortage of Hungarian transit permits, but we have alternative logistics schemes that allow us to successfully circumvent this problem and reliably deliver cargo from the Balkan region year-round.
The presence in our fleet of vehicles with Czech and Russian registration gives us the opportunity to organize the following transportation scheme.
1. At the first stage, a vehicle with Czech registration, which does not require permits for transportation within the European Union, will pick up the cargo from the shipper and deliver it to our transshipment warehouse in Poland, where we will organize its transshipment and re-registration of documents for further transportation.
2. In Poland, we load the cargo with the new shipping documents into our vehicle with Russian registration and drive it to the consignee in Russia.
It is known that Russian road carriers have been experiencing a shortage of Polish permits for many years. How do you solve this problem?
The problem comes down mainly to transit permits required to transport cargo from other countries to Russia through Poland. Bilateral permits for transportation between Poland and Russia are sufficient. With the competent preparation of shipping documents in full compliance with the legislation of all countries participating in this logistics scheme, the delivery on the second arm - from Poland to the Russian Federation - is carried out under the bilateral permit.
What is your advantage in organizing shipments under this scheme? Can other international logistics companies organize it?
Our main advantage is that the delivery is carried out by our own transport with full control at all stages. The services of forwarding companies that use third-party subcontractor vehicles contain more risks.
All our vehicles are equipped with GPS-navigation systems that track the movement of the vehicle in real time.
In the Balkan direction we have a separate transport column, whose employees and drivers have a thorough knowledge of all the subtleties of working in this market.
Our fleet includes high capacity semi-trailers (100 cubic meters and 3 m height), which in certain cases makes transportation more cost-effective, as well as easier to load.
Our Russian fleet of trucks has the status of a customs carrier, which also gives a number of advantages in speed and cost of delivery. The truck passes the border with the Customs Union and delivers the cargo to the customs destination and, after customs clearance, to the customer's warehouse without the procedures required in normal cases for securing customs payment guarantees. High-value shipments can be transported without a mandatory escort.
Are there any restrictions on the composition or types of cargo for the use of your transshipment warehouse in Poland?
There are no specific restrictions on cargo. In the Balkans we transport "standard" cargoes that are not classified as dangerous (ADR) or requiring temperature control. If necessary, in consultation with the customer, we can provide additional services - e.g. crane overloading of long cargo with top loading.