“Road workers and drivers are getting ready for winter. After the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, entrepreneurs alarmed that this season there would be insufficient salt for sprinkling on snow-covered roads. A black scenario may materialize – winter is in the belt, and the problems with the purchase of salt could not be solved“- writes” Puls Biznesu “.
“The companies importing road salt to Poland estimate that in the upcoming winter season 2022/23 there may be a shortage of 500 to 800 thousand on the Polish market. tons of salt. Such a situation may lead to difficult road conditions and expose Poles to great danger “- quoted an excerpt from an interpellation by an MP from the Civic Coalition Jacek Protas.
It was explained that Piotr Wawrzyk, secretary of state in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), answered the parliamentary question. “It informs that Polish entrepreneurs may turn to the Polish Investment and Trade Agency with a request to indicate alternative import markets” – it was written.
It was recalled that “last year, import of various types of salt to Poland amounted to 1.12 million tonnes, and road and industrial salt accounted for about 63 percent.” “Ukraine had 32% share in imports, and Belarus 30%and 36 percent. Germany. Apart from Germany, the largest salt exporters in the European Union are the Netherlands and Spain, “the newspaper reads.
It was emphasized that “according to Piotr Wawrzyk, these two countries may constitute a new direction of import”. It added that “he sees an opportunity also in Kazakhstan”.
It was noted that “entrepreneurs operating in Poland look for salt in overseas countries”. “We tried to buy salt in Germany, but it is not possible to contract it. So we import salt all the way from North Africa, where it is available without any problems and is not expensive“- said the CEO of Saferoad in Poland, Grzegorz Bagiński, quoted in the article.”However, the price is raised by high transport costs. There are also problems with transport and handling in ports” – added.
“There are ships with salt from Africa and Asia, but there is a great concern that they will have to wait for unloading, because Coal has priority. Companies are also afraid of problems with the availability of rolling stock for transporting salt from ports, “Barbara Dzieciuchowicz, president of the Polish Chamber of Commerce for Roads (OIGD) told the newspaper.
Grzegorz Bagiński informed “Puls Biznesu” that “There are offers on the market with the price of road salt at the level of PLN 700-750 per ton”. “It’s even three times more than last year” – he stressed.
“The forecasts show that this is not the end of the increases and soon prices may even exceed PLN 800 per ton” – assessed the president of OIGD Barbara Dzieciuchowicz.