The sports Ministry proposed to simplify the import of champagne sponsorship for the 2018 world Cup

The sports Ministry of Russia proposes to ease rules of entry to Russia of foreign sparkling wine, which is a sponsor of the world Cup 2018 and FIFA confederations Cup 2017. This is stated in the notice about the early development of the bill placed on the portal of projects of normative legal acts.

In particular, for official events within the framework of sports competitions the Ministry of sports, it offers free champagne from obtaining licenses to trade in alcoholic beverages, and registration at the USAIS.

“Sparkling wine imported into the territory of the Russian Federation in connection with organization and holding of the world Cup 2018 and FIFA confederations Cup 2017 and placed under a special customs procedure shall be exempted from compliance with the requirements for obtaining these licenses for turnover of alcoholic products (wine), certification of the matching funds accounting systems for alcohol products, labelling products,” the document says. The end date of the public discussion of the bill — may 19, 2017.

As remind in the Ministry of sports, the world Cup 2018 and the confederations Cup of 2017 involve not only sports competitions, but also “other official ceremonial events”. For these events, FIFA has signed a number of sponsorship contracts, in particular for the supply of sparkling wine. The official champagne of the world Cup is a French winery Taittinger, founded in the XVIII century. First Taittinger is the official champagne of the world Cup in 2014.

Exclusive distributor of Taittinger in Russia is the company MBG. The price for a bottle of the famous French champagne in the Russian Internet stores starting from 5 thousand rubles Chairman of the Board of Directors of MBG Irina Fomina has informed that considers offers of the Ministry of sports “absolutely fair” because the duty-free importation of champagne is carried out in all countries affected by the activities of FIFA. According to her, in 2016, Russia imported 38 thousand bottles of champagne Taittinger (approximately 26.6 thousand liters), the plan for 2017 — 55 thousand bottles. In the year of the championship the volume of deliveries can reach 100 thousand bottles. What portion will go to in the Championship, Fomin did not specify.

According to the Federal customs service, imports of sparkling wines in Russia in 2016 increased by 4.8% to 34.85 million L.