After entering the Crimean bridge, cargo transportation to Crimea fell by a third
In 2019, trucking in Crimea fell by a third. This was reported by the ATI.SU freight traffic exchange (23.4% of all commercial freight traffic to Crimea in tons for 2018). According to the exchange, the average delivery price in 2019 decreased by 34% compared to the level of 2018. The reason is the launch of the Crimean bridge, the exchange said.
The tonnage in the direction of Crimea in 2019, when the bridge, the freight traffic on which was launched in 2018, has been functioning for all months, has grown slightly – by 5% – compared to 2017, when the entire freight traffic was serviced by ferry. At the same time, freight traffic from the Crimea increased quite significantly – by 45%. This exchange explains that the ferry service regularly served the cargo flow in the direction of the Crimea, but did not suit, for example, the Crimean producers of perishable products, for which the path to the mainland opened after the bridge was launched.
Also, according to ATI.SU, the average rates for cargo transportation to Crimea during the same period underwent a significant decrease – from 20% to 67% in the most popular destinations (from the capital regions and large neighboring regions). At the same time, rates for transportation from the Crimea remained virtually unchanged. This is explained by the exchange’s materials that before the opening of the Crimean bridge, the cost of the ferry crossing, carriers, as a rule, were entirely included in the price of transportation to Crimea, since the return flight was not guaranteed.
“Because of this, transportation to the region was very expensive, and the return, on the contrary, was very cheap,” the ATI.SU explained. “Now this imbalance has been partially eliminated, although transportation to the peninsula is still more expensive than back.”