MOSCOW, October 27. The minimum price of vodka by the end of this year can be indexed upwards, told reporters the head Rosalkogolregulirovaniya Igor Chuyan.
“To reduce the already unlikely to succeed with the current excise tax. We want year-end to discuss this with the business community, the results (previously carried out lowering the minimum price for vodka). And then with this in mind, we will see: there is some inflation, maybe will index up,” said Chuyan.
As previously reported, on February 1, the minimum retail price of a bottle of vodka has been reduced from 220 to 185 rubles, With this release the producer price should be at least 166 rubles per 0.5 liter of vodka strength of 40 degrees, the price in a wholesale link – not less than 175 rubles.
The reduction of the minimum retail price for vodka was the first time since the introduction of this instrument of control of the alcohol market in 2010. This measure was conceived as a barrier clipping for cheap illegal alcohol. First the minimum retail price was 89 rubles per half-liter bottle of vodka. Subsequently, Rosalkogolregulirovanie has established a minimum threshold of prices for almost all alcoholic beverages and some wines.
In 2014, the minimum retail price for vodka was raised twice from March 10 to 199 rubles, from August 1 to 220 rubles.
The amount of the excise tax on strong alcohol will be 133,6 bn
Chuyan also noted that the amount of the excise tax on strong alcohol in 2015 will be collected in full. He recalled that in accordance with the law on the budget, the target for 2015 for the collection of excise taxes on spirits is 133,6 billion.
According to the NRF, for the first 9 months 2015 the amount of excise taxes on spirits excluding imports was 92.9 billion rubles, he said. “Given that in 2015 the volume of production of strong alcoholic beverages remained at the level of 2014, we expect that in IV quarter of 2015 the amount of excise taxes will not be below the fourth quarter of 2014. And expect that the job in 2015 (for the collection of excise taxes) will be achieved,” said Chuyan.
Speaking about results of work of the alcohol industry of the Russian Federation for 9 months of 2015, the head of Federal alcohol market regulatory service said that in Russia stabilized the production of spirits. “We have been able to maintain the level of 2014 the volume of production of the taxable products – vodka”, – said Chuyan. The production of vodka during the first 9 months of 2015 was $ 44.8 million decaliters.
Wine production for the first 9 months of 2015 increased by 19% to 61 mln dal, and the increase came at the expense of the Crimean Federal district, and at the expense of producers from the southern regions of Russia, said the head of Department.
Excluding beer, beer drinks and low-alcohol products production of alcoholic beverages increased in the Russian Federation for 9 months of 2015 by 9% to reach 115.3 million dal.