The Ministry of Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade (MART) of Belarus and the Federal Antimonopoly Service have not yet agreed on the cost of transit of Russian oil through the territory of Belarus. This was reported by RBC with reference to BelTA media.
Minsk suggested raising tariffs for 2020 according to the current methodology, however, the Russian side had certain questions regarding the calculations made by Gomeltransneft Druzhba.
According to the Belarusian representative of MART, the parties will soon continue to meet at the specialist level, where the calculations will be clarified.
He also noted that the issue of the tariffs size for the transit of Russian oil and oil products should be decided by the authorities in the field of tariff regulation of the two countries no later than January 15, if this fails, a decision must be made before February 1.
It should be noted that Belarus introduced an environmental tax on the transit of oil and oil products. The country also suspended oil exports due to a shortage of raw materials at its own refineries.
As reported, Belarus announced an increase in the tariff for the transit of oil and oil products in July due to pollution of Druzhba pipeline. In August, Russia and Belarus agreed to increase the tariff for Russian oil transmission through Belarusian territory by 3.7% from September 1.