Moscow, Russia – October 1 – Cherkizovo Group, the largest meat producer in Russia, has joined a Memorandum on Combating the Violations of Weight and Dimension Standards in Freight Transportation, developed by the Association of Bona Fide Agricultural Producers.
A signing ceremony took place at Cherkizovo Group’s headquarters on Thursday. The Memorandum was signed by Maksim Zudin, CEO of Poultry Management Company and member of Cherkizovo Group's Management Board, in the presence of Ekaterina Roganova, Executive Director of the Association of Bona Fide Agricultural Producers. The ceremony was attended by Sergey Yushin, Head of the Executive Committee of the National Meat Association, Yuri Kovalev, Director General of the National Union of Swine Breeders, Sergey Lakhtyukhov, Director General of the National Union of Poultry Farmers, and Ekaterina Luchkina, Executive Director of the National Union of Meat Processors.
The Association of Bona Fide Agricultural Producers drafted the memorandum this summer after having recorded numerous violations of loading and traffic rules for heavy vehicles transporting agricultural produce. The problem is the deliberate and significant overload (excess of a vehicle's maximum permissible weight), which puts drivers’ lives and health at risk. As a result, rogue carriers gain an unfair competitive advantage as regards transportation costs, while unscrupulous buyers save on procurement.
The companies that signed the memorandum will work together to prevent bona fide market participants from taking part in deliberate violations of weight and dimension standards during freight transportation of agricultural supplies. They also undertake to promptly cooperate with the authorities to identify and prevent such violations.
“For Cherkizovo Group as a meat market leader and a socially responsible company, it is a must to join the fight against unfair competition in the freight transportation of agricultural supplies. We expect many more companies to sign the Memorandum in future,” said Maksim Zudin.