The Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev has urged to intensify the fight against counterfeit products, which, according to him, the budget receives less taxes, and the Russians risk their health and even their lives.
“Production of fraud and counterfeit prevents the creation of a civilized market. To assess the magnitude of the problem in precise numbers is difficult because trafficking is in the informal sector of the economy. However, according to various estimates, in some industries, the share of such products can be very large — up to 50%,” — said Medvedev at the meeting of the Russian government (quoted by “Interfax”).
Medvedev has informed that has approved the strategy to combat illicit trafficking of industrial products for the period up to 2020 and the planned period till 2025″. According to the Prime Minister, the strategy will improve coordination and “to more effectively combat this scourge on all levels.”
In a statement posted on the government website, among the factors contributing to the increase in the share of counterfeit, called the low level of business ethics, the lack of effective public control, the negative dynamics of incomes of the population, the risk of corruption and other factors.
“Combating illegal turnover of industrial products is important not only for bona fide market participants, the establishment of a “healthy” competitive environment, prevention of threats of harm to the life and health of people, but for the budget system, which annually lose substantial amounts of customs and tax payments, which in turn affects the financing of social programs and investment programs of development”, — the document says.
In the near future the main effort in countering the spread of counterfeit goods is planned to concentrate in the turnover of food, light, pharmaceutical, automotive and aviation industries. In the medium term the priorities are named fuel, chemical, electronic, wire and cable industry, production of construction materials, manufacture of goods and machinery.
In November 2016 the trade and industry Minister Denis Manturov said at the international forum “Anticounterfeiting” that the share of illegal trafficking of goods in certain sectors of the Russian economy reaches 30%.
“Illegal turnover of goods is one of the most critical [issues], as it causes direct and immediate damage to the economies of our countries. In Russia in different sectors, it is from 5 to 30%,” — said the Minister.
At the end of 2015, it was reported that the Ministry has developed amendments to the legislation, the adoption of which will facilitate the destruction of illegally imported products of light industry.