MOSCOW, August 20. /TASS/. The minimum retail price (MRP) for vodka of any strength in Russia from August 20 is equal to the minimum value of 40-degree vodka, which is 205 rubles for 0.5 L. the order was issued, the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation.
Thus, MRTS of vodka fortress between 37 and 38 degrees will rise to nine rubles per 0.5 liter, and the fortress of vodka from 38 to 39 degrees – four rubles for 0.5 L. MRTS stronger vodka will not change. Minimum selling price of the manufacturer on all the vodka, according to the order of the Ministry of Finance is set at 173 rubles per 0.5 liter, wholesale will amount to 178 rubles. The introduction of unified prices on vodka due to the need to resolve “possible inconsistencies”, the document says.
Minimum alcohol prices set by the Ministry of Finance in 2009 as a measure to combat the shadow production. Now in Russia there are MRTS in cognac in size 371 rubles for 0.5 l, champagne – 164 rubles per 0.75 l, also consider the possibility of introduction of MRTS for different categories of wines. Earlier, the Finance Ministry said that while there is no reason to increase the minimum retail prices as usually this increase is due to increased excise taxes and the excise tax on strong alcohol in Russia is frozen for another two years.
According to the head of the information centre Wine Retail Alexandra Stavtseva, until recently, sales of vodka by a fortress 38 degrees in Russia have steadily increased. He noted that it is in demand on the regional market because of the lower MRC.
Stavtsev believes that after the unification of prices of all types of vodka, the demand for 38-degree drink will fall to virtually zero. “And bitters, in which MRTS will remain for a few cents less, this niche is not filled, they have a buyer and consumer of vodka in the liqueur will not switch,” – said the expert.
As the President of the Union of alcohol producers Igor Kosarev, the introduction of a single MRC vodka different fortress is entered by the Ministry of Finance to facilitate market surveillance. In his opinion, the establishment of the MRC, depending on the input size of the excise tax would be a more logical solution. “As for strength vodka 38 degree manufacturer shall pay less excise tax, and the MRC for such products should be lower, namely 196 rubles for 0.5 liters, as it was until August 20,” he said.