“Direct line” with Putin accelerated the adoption of new rules for retail

Faster at signing

Monday, 18 April, the government Commission on legislative activities approved the amendments to the law “About trade” finalized by the Ministry of industry and trade, told a party meeting of the Commission. “The amendments conceptually approved,” confirms an employee of one of the companies of the consumer market, familiar with the proceedings. Prior to the introduction of the bill at second reading in the state Duma it will be again be discussed at the meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, told the interlocutors . Dvorkovich has approved the amendment, said his representative Aliya Samigullina refused to comment further. Deputy Minister of industry and trade Viktor Evtukhov has not commented on the results of the meeting. So did the head of the Association of companies of retail trade Ilya Lomakin-Rumyantsev.

Hasty approval of the amendments, the sources are linked to the direct instructions of Vladimir Putin. Last Thursday during a straight line with the President, the state Duma Deputy Irina Yarovaya has complained to Putin that “everything is buried in the bureaucracy because of the activities of lobbyists”, and requested to expedite the adoption of amendments to support import substitution. Putin agreed that the law couldn’t wait, noting that “there are apparent delays”. “On the one hand, lobbyists operate trading networks through the Ministry of trade. It’s natural, it’s their job. On the other hand, the Ministry of agriculture should lobby for the interests of farmers,” the President said. Putin added that he expects that the government will be able to negotiate amendments to the state Duma considered the bill in the spring session.

That approved

The legal Commission approved amendments the participants of retail trade is considered a “compromise”. A group of MPs and senators headed Spring submitted to the state Duma the draft law “On amendments to certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation on Antimonopoly regulation and provision of food security” in January 2015. The project involved a rewrite of a separate article in the law “About trade” and the Code of administrative offences: limit additional payments to network providers, to reduce a delay of payment for delivered goods, and to increase penalties for violation of the law.

The most controversial paragraph of the amendment was the reduction of the share of remuneration, which retailers pay to suppliers for the promotion and circulation of goods — the so-called petrobonus — from the current 10% to 3% of the contract value. Spring also amendments proposed to prohibit the marketing, logistics and other payments (including payment for changing the range of goods). Another important point is the reduction of a deferred payment for the supply of goods to the networks for perishable goods — 3 days from the current 10; for goods with a shelf life of up to 1 month — up to 9 days instead of 30; for goods with a shelf life of over a month, including alcohol, for up to 15 days instead of 45. The amendment also involves the introduction of a new section of the administrative code, providing for penalties for discriminatory actions of networks in relation to suppliers in the amount of from 2 to 5 million rubles.

In may of 2015, amid a fierce debate among officials and business representatives, the bill was adopted on first reading. In the middle of 2015 the Ministry of industry and trade advocated a complete rejection of payments to retailers by suppliers. However, in its final amendments (a copy is available), the Ministry has proposed to reduce the maximum amount of compensation to retailers 5% (without VAT and excises). Reduction of terms of payment for the supply is proposed to be reduced from 10 to 8 days; for goods with a shelf life of up to 1 month — up to 25 days instead of 30; for goods with a shelf life of one month to 40 days instead of 45. Also, the Ministry proposes to calculate the timing delay of payment on the date of delivery of the goods in the trading network, and not from the day when the provider gave the retailer a complete set of documents. Earlier the Deputy Minister explained, this measure is the fact that each trading network has its own set of documents necessary for payment, and different requirements for their maintenance, which increases the time of calculations.

Although all the amendments of the Ministry of industry and trade was approved in principle at the meeting with Deputy Prime Minister again to discuss the details, in particular associated with retroposon, said one of the sources . The limit value for petrobonus proposed by the Ministry is 5%, don’t plan to change, he says. Another source added that the meeting would be to clarify a set of services for which remuneration is provided by the networks.

The representative of the Association of producers and suppliers of food products Rusprodsoyuz did not comment on the amendments prior to their official inclusion in the state Duma.

With the participation of Polina Nikolskaya