Assessment of the reasons that have caused the growth of customer costs
Akaki Chargeishvili, as the expert of business law, was invited to the radio “Commersant” to discuss the reasons of growth of customer costs.
According to him, numbers and statistics that show that there is trend of raising customer costs represent the situation as it is today, thus, it is important to assess the actions taken in the past that have led to this. When electricity tariffs started to rise, experts said that this would lead to the non-immediate growth of customer costs in different sectors. As rehabilitative works are mandatory in electro energetic sector and the equipment thereof has to be bought abroad, these purchases are directly connected to the exchange rate of dollar in the country, moreover, 6 wind power plants were bought as well. Inflation of Georgian Lari in regard to US Dollar has grown the costs that are necessary in electricity sector. As electricity is used by small, medium and large Georgian businesses, higher energy tariffs have affected end-product prices. When you provide the electricity to the enterprises at a higher rate it causes objective growth of the costs of production and accordingly of the end-product, for example: the food.
Furthermore, gas tariffs are higher for enterprises than for individual customers; therefore, the businesses that utilize gas in their production have to raise the price of the products, as the profit has to be proportionate to the costs. Another reason of growth of prices is the excise tax on fuel, which has grown the budget income of the country indeed, but has also grown the price of the end-products that require fuel to be produced.
Akaki Chargeishvili also noted that even though the problems existing in business law have been identified, they are being discussed and there is enthusiasm to solve them, , the real actions that would resolve them have to be taken and not merely discussed.
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