Individual entrepreneurs have proposed to ban the sale of beer

That Rosalkogolregulirovanie (PAP) plans to introduce a ban on the sale of alcohol in retail outlets, registered individual entrepreneurs, RBC told several sources in the alcoholic market. According to one of interlocutors, the initiative will draw up the amendments to the law “On state regulation of production and turnover of ethyl alcohol, alcoholic and alcohol-containing products and about restriction of consumption (drinking) of alcoholic products”.

On request RBC RAR did not answer.

Draft document announced on Tuesday evening, November 22, and the sources of Kommersant. As follows from the text of the initiative seen by the publication, enter the limit is planned from 1 July 2017 for the entire country except for Crimea and Sevastopol, these regions are deferred to January 1, 2018.

Now individual entrepreneurs can engage in retail sales of beer, beer drinks, cider and Mead. In addition, the sale of wine may be handled by a separate category of entrepreneurs — those who have the status of agricultural producers. But while these entrepreneurs officially does not exist in Russia: currently, the PAP received only three applications for a licence to trade, and none of them is not approved.

As told RBC Director of corporate relations Heineken in Russia Cyril Bolmatov, the main claim of RAR to individual entrepreneurs, is that those “insufficiently disciplined fill in the paper Declaration required for reporting.” “There is a system of USAIS that fully monitors the movement of all beverages containing alcohol in real-time, and no sense in filling of declarations not” — said Bolmatov. He calls the pressure on entrepreneurs “harmful” because “beer is a big share of the turnover for small shops”, the adoption of the amendments will entail the closure of a large number of small shops. “It’s a blow to small businesses”, — said the interlocutor of RBC.

Individual entrepreneurs have not less than 37% of the total outlets, selling products of “sun InBev”, told RBC oraz Durdyev, Director of legal Affairs and corporate relations of the Corporation a beer. “The ban on the sale of beer SP will seriously affect the legal small business, because beer is for many of them is one of high margin products in the range, allowing you to keep the prices for socially significant goods, — said the Durdyev. — In the current economic realities of such a ban is inappropriate and harmful and can lead to increased social tensions”.

Entrepreneurs and beer companies are already faced with significant restriction of points of sale. As recalled by the representative of the brewing company “Baltika”, since January 1, 2013 were limited to the sale of beer through kiosks. On them, according to the company, accounted for 20% of the total sales of beer in the Russian market. Since, according to the company, the total number of outlets, implementing beer decreased by 50 thousand, of which more than 30 thousand accounted for the kiosks and pavilions. The number of stalls has decreased over the period by 75%, from 30 thousand to 8.6 thousand, pavilions — 24%, from 45 thousand to 35 thousand points. The production of “Baltika” was launched at approximately 100 thousand points, decorated, private entrepreneurs, said the company.