“ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih” became a participant of the round table “Ukrzaliznytsia” with the main shippers of the country

Kryvyi Rih, December 14, 2020 The management of ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih took part in a round table with representatives of large shippers, which was held by Ukrzaliznytsia (UZ) on December 10. This meeting was dedicated to improving the interaction of the national carrier with customers. During the round table, the financial plan of Ukrzaliznytsia for 2021 was presented, which was supported by the business community. Vladimir Tkachenko, Director of the ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih Representative Office in Kiev, Administration for Legal Issues, Interaction with Government Bodies and Communications – We appreciate the efforts of the Ukrzaliznytsia team to establish a constructive dialogue with clients and build an effective a business model that will satisfy the interests of all parties to the transportation process. The financial plan for 2021 presented by Ukrzaliznytsia takes into account the priority needs of the freight market. For our company, the largest exporter in the country, it is very important that the new financial plan of UZ does not provide for an increase in tariffs for rail freight transportation. We also support the position of the national carrier on the need to abolish the payment of the land tax under railways and the excise tax on fuel, which is now directed to the construction of highways, and not to the development of railway infrastructure. We consider this a necessary legislative change, in combination with fairly large-scale plans for the modernization, renewal of the rolling stock and infrastructure of Ukrzaliznytsia, will have a positive effect on the volume of cargo and general business activity. Diana Medved, Logistics Director of ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih – ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih is one of the largest shippers of the railway, we transport about 5,700,000 tons of steel products annually. At the same time, the railway infrastructure of the company includes several hundred kilometers of railway tracks, one of the largest locomotive farms in Ukraine and its own fleet of gondola cars. We are well aware of all the challenges and difficulties that Ukrzaliznytsia faces, especially in this time of crisis and against the background of the need for modernization. We support the updated business strategy of Ukrzaliznytsia, which provides for eliminating the traction deficit, increasing the capacity of railway stations, improving the quality of wagons and electrifying infrastructure sections to improve transportation efficiency. In particular, we welcome UZ’s specific plans for the electrification of the railway track from Dolinskaya to Nikolaev – this is an important direction for our cargo traffic. The stable operation of Ukrzaliznytsia and the quality of transportation remain the key factors in the success of the largest Ukrainian shippers.

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