Moldovan owners of high-tech storage facilities, that rent these out for storing fruits, predict a sharp rise in the price of this service in the near future. Also, the competition for storage facilities between apple and grape growers will intensify.
According to the heads of agricultural and trade enterprises, the tariff for the service of storing fruit in refrigerators in the country has remained stable for many years – about 1-1.5 MDL/kg ($0.06-0.09/kg) average.
As a rule, inflation was not included in the tariff, although it has sometimes been huge in the last five to seven years. At the same time, the service fee was one-time and fixed in most cases, regardless of the shelf life of the product. Such a tariff policy on the Moldovan fruit market was possible for a number of reasons, not the least of them being stable and relatively low electricity costs.
Now, the situation is changing. Following the rise in prices for gas and other energy resources, electricity tariffs will increase as well. Thus, it can be assumed that owners will try to rent free room in storage facilities for relatively expensive products for a short period. At the moment these are high-quality table grapes for export.