PJSC ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih (Dnipropetrovsk region) is considering the possibility of putting into circulation 1,200 new rail cars in 2021-2022, while the company’s own car fleet will increase by 1.5 times.
According to a press release from the company, this will allow for faster deliver products to customers and timely supply raw materials for the plant.
Virdy Bikram, the chief procurement officer of the company, noted that several factors are pushing the company to the decision to purchase new cars on a large scale.
“Currently, we are increasing the shipments of our products for export. At the same time, we are not quite satisfied with the technical condition of the wagon base in Ukraine. The renewed wagon fleet will ensure safe and efficient transportation of our products to Ukrainian ports. We will be able to plan our logistics regardless of the situation on the railroad market/transportation and availability of wagons. This will help reduce the cost of delivery of outgoing and incoming goods. In addition, own wagons are cheaper – the approximate payback period is 3-4 years,” he said.
According to him, according to the company’s estimates, initiatives to write off high-sided cars that exceed the standard service life, presented to the government, could lead to a shortage in the market and a large jump in transportation prices. Also, some manifestation of the shortage of wagons can traditionally be expected in the summer-autumn period due to the revival of the construction cargo market.
“Therefore, we would like to count on our own modern wagons and be more flexible in terms of working with Ukrzaliznytsia and freight operators,” the top manager summed up.