The Informall BG company has analyzed container cargo processed at Ukrainian terminals and shipped to recipients in the Crimea or shipped by forwarders in the Crimea and, based on the data obtained, provided an economic assessment of the cargo traffic and its impact on the overall container traffic Ukraine.

If the revenues that Ukrainian container terminals may have lost in connection with the loss of cargo traffic to/from the Crimea are evaluated, Ukrainian terminals will receive approximately USD 1.7 million less (excluding VAT), given the level of the flat rate of terminal handling charges and the abovementioned volume of cargo traffic, the company said.

Between 388 and 2,410 TEU was delivered to the peninsula monthly during the course of 2013. An undulating dynamics of Crimean recipients’ import container traffic is generally visible, which can be attributed to seasonality. The jump in March is associated with the preparation for the holiday season in the Crimea, as evidenced by the structure of imported products: almost 40% of imports were foodstuffs and 24% of imports were equipment (including commercial and refrigeration equipment).

Regarding the dynamics of the export container traffic generated by forwarders in the Crimea, we can see that it is quite stable and that it ranged from 201 to 507 TEU. Titanium dioxide from the Crimea Titan company accounted for almost 77% of the export container traffic and the goods from the Crimean Soda Plant (soda ash) accounted for about 9%.

The total volumes of Crimean imports and exports were 10,405 TEU and 3,430 TEU respectively. The total volume of Ukraine’s loaded imports in 2013 was 377,230 TEU and the total volume of its loaded exports was 257,061 TEU. Thus, if Ukraine loses the Crimea irrecoverably, it may lose 2.76% of its import cargo traffic and 1.33% of its export cargo traffic or 2.18% of its total loaded container traffic.