Logistics can be a subject of bidding


Cargo transportation services can become an exchange commodity. The St. Petersburg International Commodity Exchange (SPbMTSB) plans to put such a product up for auction. This was stated by the head of the site Igor Artemyev in an interview with RBC. He added that in addition to logistics, the exchange is also considering options for the sale of insurance and freight. We are talking about trade in logistics services and the formation of indexes of such services, primarily through railways, Artemyev said. The idea has already been approved by the Central Bank.

"From the point of view of business and the opportunity to earn money, this is, of course, a very interesting story," Mikhail Burmistrov, head of Infoline-Analytics, said in an interview with Kommersant. However, a number of nuances must be taken into account. For example, standardization is needed, including in determining the cost of transportation services.

– If we are talking about a typical product, for example, the transportation of containers on a train between two cities, it has a specific, understandable cost. Then there may be more complex stories, for example, some kind of matrix of the cost of delivering a specific lot of oil product volume to some points, roughly speaking, from an oil refinery to oil depots," the expert explained.