On November 29, the Ministry of Transport sent to the government a proposal to amend Article 31 of the Federal Law (on the conditions for the ownership and use of state property of seaports) on seaports. The amendment will oblige stevedores to prioritize processing of socially significant cargo, Minister Vitaly Savelyev said during a meeting between Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Deputy Prime Ministers. This is due to the fact that the work of forwarding and stevedoring companies is outside the zone of responsibility and control of the Russian maritime authorities, Saveliev explained. According to him, the amendment will be introduced in dialogue with business and the expert community.
Seaport administrations will be empowered to monitor the location and movement of goods, and operators “will be required to inform them about the arrival and departure of such goods,” said the Minister of Transport. To ensure uninterrupted supplies of goods to the hard-to-reach regions of the Far East and the Arctic zone, it is planned to amend the Merchant Shipping Code, he added. “We will oblige liner sea carriers to provide priority transportation of socially important cargo at the request of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation,” Saveliev said.