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The Russians predicted a reduction in the range of imported alcohol

The Russians were predicted to reduce the range of imported alcohol in federal networks by 40-50 percent in the next three months. This is reported “Kommersant” with reference to the Association of Retail Companies (AKORT).

The Russians predicted a reduction in the range of imported alcohol

According to the publication, the assortment of imported alcohol by large retailers in June-August has already decreased by 40-95 percent year-on-year. In addition, imports of these products during this period decreased by 60-100 percent. ACORT specified that the supply of sparkling wines from the Champagne region had completely ceased, the import of whiskey fell by 70 percent, and French cognac and imported beer by 60 percent.

As a result, according to the results of the first six months of 2022, the import of all strong drinks decreased by almost 35 percent. At the same time, it is noted that part of the shipments of alcohol was prohibited under Western sanctions against Russia. Some companies themselves stopped deliveries or left the market.

According to the Chairman of the Presidium of AKORT Igor Karavaev, the best way to replenish the assortment on the eve of the winter holidays may be the parallel import of departed alcohol brands. On the other hand, Leonid Rafailov, general director of the AST alcohol distributor, expressed the opinion that some global companies could resume deliveries, and allowing their brands to parallel imports would become an obstacle.

Former chapter Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov urged authorities to decide on the parallel import of alcohol as soon as possible. According to him, the decision to include alcoholic beverages in the list of goods for “gray” imports must be made before the end of September. Parallel, or gray, import involves the importation of goods into the country without the permission of the copyright holder. For example, through the mediation of third parties.

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