Flaxseed: freight costs from Kazakhstan increase massively
Since last weekend, new restrictions have been in place for transport from Russia and Belarus to the EU. As part of the European Union's fifth significant sanctions package against Russia, trucks and container ships from these two countries have been banned from entering the EU since Saturday.
Rejection despite exceptions?
Clear exceptions have also been defined here. In addition, there is a transitional period until 16 April, by which time transport service providers already in the EU have the option of leaving the EU countries. Germany Trade & Invest published an article on this topic last Wednesday (13.04.), indicating which goods may nevertheless continue to be transported to the EU by Russian and Belarusian hauliers with the relevant licenses. The selected product groups include fuels, various metals, ores, pharmaceutical products, and agricultural and food products.
Nevertheless, market players repeatedly reported this week that trucks with Russian licence plates were said to have been turned away at the EU border, and ship freight was also no longer possible. A large proportion of overland transports enter the EU via Polish borders. A possible reason for this would be that the rejected carriers do not yet have the necessary licences, as the goods were already on their way when the decision was made. In the course of this, Kazakh forwarders are said to have drastically increased their freight prices; according to market players, up to 10,000 EUR per load are being charged for deliveries to Germany and the Netherlands. According to traders, this even applies retroactively to goods that have already been loaded. (Mundus-Agri)