The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) could provide a senior sovereign-guaranteed loan of up to EUR 53 million for the acquisition and equipping of postal vans and for the development of modern automated sorting hubs in the cities of Kyiv, Lviv and Dnipro.
According to a report on the bank’s website, the project is pending approval of the bank’s board until September 30, 2020.
Tranche 1 of up to EUR 23 million is intended for the acquisition and equipping of postal vans to be deployed in rural areas across the country and Tranche 2 of up to EUR 30 million for the development of modern automated sorting hubs in the cities of Kyiv, Lviv and Dnipro and an associated network of regional sorting depots.
According to the EBRD, the total cost of the project is EUR 102 million, which includes EUR 53 million of EBRD loan, a EUR 30 million loan of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EIB) and own funds of Ukrposhta in the amount of EUR 19 million.
JSC Ukrposhta will sign financial lease contracts for the purchase of 500 cars from Ukrlada LLC for the implementation of the Mobile Offices project on April 10, the company’s press service said on Thursday, April 9.
The contracts signing will be hold online with the participation of Director General of Ukrposhta Igor Smelyansky, Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Vladyslav Krykliy, Director of Ukrlada Hanna Bilozerova and chairman of the board of FUIB Serhiy Chernenko.
According to ProZorro, the following companies took part in the tender for the purchase of 500 passenger cars for organizing mobile offices: Arma Motors LLC, Ukrlada Trading House, Europa Plus LLC and Vidi Avenue LLC. The winner was Ukrlada, which offered the lot value in EUR 8.445 million that is 5.11% lower than the expected purchase price.
Ukrposhta JSC and the Chinese international logistics operator Cainiao Network, part of the Alibaba Group, launch cargo flights to Ukraine.
Such cooperation will reduce the delivery time of orders from AliExpress under quarantine. Air routes started from the cities with the largest Cainiao distribution centers in Europe, the Ukrposhta press service said on Thursday.
According to the company, the partners in organizing flights are Eleron Airlines, AirBaltic and the national postal operator of Latvia. Regular flights (with a carrying capacity of five tonnes) are carried out by AN-26 aircraft to Lviv, where the parcels undergo customs clearance, sorting and will be delivered to recipients in Ukraine. At the first stages, the aircraft will arrive in Lviv twice a week, but the schedule will be revised later depending on the load.
Ukrposhta also reports that the delivery of parcels will be transferred to non-contact mode – all AliExpress orders worth up to $2 will be delivered to the mailbox (in good order). Home delivery options for more expensive items will be carried out either by a courier or a postman.
The Ukrainian postal operator added that in the first quarter of 2020, Ukrposhta delivered over 4 million items from AliExpress, an increase of 26% compared to the same quarter of the previous year. Among the most popular categories of goods that Ukrainians ordered in March were: electronics, accessories, clothing and household goods.
JSC Ukrposhta plans to attract a loan of EUR100 million for the construction of new sorting centers.
“We are now waiting for the finalization of a loan in the amount of EUR100 million over the next two or four months. These funds will be used to design new terminals and launch mobile branches,” Igor Smelyansky, the director general of the company, said at a meeting with reporters in Kyiv.
The company later told Interfax-Ukraine the funds raised are to be spent on the design and construction of three or four terminals, as well as on automation of about 30 depots.
According to him, the funds will be raised on market conditions, international financial organizations will become donors.
As reported, Ukrposhta plans to launch mobile branches in five regions in 2020, and plans to reach more than UAH 1 billion in profit by 2024.
JSC Ukrposhta has resumed accepting all types of export shipments to China from February 26, the company has reported on its website.
“This was possible with the help of the People’s Republic of China Embassy Delegation to Ukraine,” the company reported.
According to Ukrposhta, today, there are no bans on the part of the National Post of China on receiving parcels.
Thus, the import shipments from China continue to be delivered to Ukraine. However, due to a significant reduction in flights by most airlines, the transit terms for mail to Ukraine may be increased.
Ukrposhta intends in 2020 to increase its net income by 13.2% compared with the planned figures for 2019, to UAH 9.682 billion.
According to the text of the enterprise’s financial plan for 2020, posted on the website of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, it is planned to increase profit by 12%, to UAH 1.7 billion respectively.
According to an explanatory note to the document, revenues from written correspondence are planned in the amount of UAH 2.429 billion (an increase of 8.1%), revenues from the parcel segment in the amount of UAH 1.201 billion (an increase of 21.5%), revenues from the distribution of periodicals some UAH 525.900 million (4.5%), income from pension payments some UAH 2.155 billion (an increase of 10.4%), from trade in the amount of UAH 590 million (an increase of 25.5%) compared to the financial plan for 2019.
Ukrposhta plans to attract credit resources from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Investment Bank in the amount of UAH 1.722 billion in 2020 for the implementation of the Rural Branch and Logistics Network projects, but interest is not planned for them in 2020 under the terms of the loan agreement.
Expenses for wages to employees are planned in the amount of UAH 5.511 billion (a growth of 17.7%). The average monthly wage is UAH 6,887 (an increase of 18.9%).
It is planned to transfer funds in the amount of UAH 2.954 billion to budgets and state trust funds, which is UAH 374.7 million more than expected for 2019.