Draft laws on the trade in tobacco and alcohol-containing products helps increase excise revenues and reduce the trade in counterfeit goods
We work in two main directions where we see, primarily, participation on the alcohol and tobacco markets because that is where, thanks to the labelling systems, the sums taken in excise can be raised. And two main directions where we see that the budget is not receiving the revenues it should. These are beer production, because we have a number of small breweries that do not pay excise, and tobacco and tobacco goods imports. <…> We have worked all year along these two tracks and, during the spring session period, drew up proposals for regulations and legal acts to be approved by the Government. We are currently having them approved by the Presidential Administration and we hope that, during the autumn session, they will be adopted. These concern a register of beer breweries and, accordingly, introduction of full licensing of importation of tobacco products and raw tobacco material — Alexey Sazanov, State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation.
The efforts made by the State Duma and the Government have produced a whole series of bills we have adopted [in relation to tobacco products]. The first is a restriction on individuals moving [tobacco products], whereas there used to be absolute chaos with products being brought in by truck and claimed to be for personal consumption. Second, we passed a law on a unified minimum price; today we are going in roughly the same direction as with respect to alcohol containing goods, — Sergey Katasonov, Co-Chairman of the Expert Council of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on the Development of Competition in Markets for Nicotine-containing Products, Issues of State Regulation of Relations in the Field of Production and Circulation of Tobacco and Innovative Nicotine-containing Products.
As part of a systemic approach to countering illegal goods, the Government has decided to establish a National Scientific Competence Centre in the Field of Combating Illegal Circulation of Industrial Products. In essence, the NSCC is an analytical centre under the Ministry for Industry and Trade and participates in providing information and analytical support to the State Commission for combating illegal circulation of industrial products — Baysolt Khamzatov, First Deputy Director, National Scientific Competence Center in the Field of Combating Illegal Circulation of Industrial Products.