On July 1 2017, the individual entrepreneurs (SP) can be engaged to ban the retail sale of beer. For this serves the Ministry of Finance, who wants to stop the practice of concealment of beer sales.
Market participants perceive preparing ban as yet another blow to small businesses, which will affect tens of thousands of entrepreneurs.
Kommersant had at its disposal a bill prepared by the Ministry of Finance with amendments to the 171-FZ on state regulation of production and turnover of alcohol, according to which retail sales of beer and beer drinks, cider, poare and mead can only be done by organizations. Individual entrepreneurs will be banned from such activities. Introduce a new limit The Ministry of Finance offers 1 July 2017 year for the whole country except for Crimea and Sevastopol - these regions are scheduled to postpone until 1 January 2018. The fact that the development of such a proposal was dealt with by Rosalkogolregulirovanie (RAR, is subordinated to the Ministry of Finance), some members of the Union of Russian Brewers also heard.
The need to adopt the bill, as follows from the explanatory note to him, is caused by the fact that the IP does not fully declare the volumes of retail beer sales. As an illustration, data are given that individual breweries declared for 2015 a year a smaller amount of beer than the one that was sold in retail. In the Finance Ministry, this is attributed to the fact that a lower penalty for non-submission of declarations is set for IP than for legal entities: 10-15 thousand rubles. against 150-200 thousand rubles. "In this regard, organizations that sell beer and beer drinks, in order to evade responsibility, conclude fictitious leases with IP for the sale of said products," the explanatory note says.
The reason presented by the Ministry of Finance to ban the entrepreneurial entrepreneur in the retail trade of beer is far-fetched, the brewers believe. "By itself, declaring beer sales is an excessive measure, since since July of this year, all retailers, irrespective of the form of ownership, must provide information on its turnover in the EGAIS," says Heyrken's corporate affairs director Kirill Bolmatov. Another participant of the market notes that the developer of the bill did not provide evidence that the difference in declarations about the volumes of produced and sold beer is the fault of the IP. "Statistical or other data on the number of detected cases of the conclusion of so-called fictitious contracts of organizations with IP are also not provided," the source added.
Director of Legal Affairs "SUN Inbev" Oraz Durdiev says that today the IP is not less than 37% of the total volume of outlets selling the company's products. In "Baltika" they reported that they work with approximately 100 thousand IP in the retail beer business. "If we want them to once again make it clear that they are hoping for the possibility of small business, the ban should be introduced as soon as possible," Aleksey Kedrin, vice president for corporate affairs at Baltika, said ironically. Mr. Durdiev notes that in the stores owned by the IP, beer is one of the high margin products in the range, which allows to restrain prices for socially important goods: "The ban on the sale of beer will seriously damage legal small business."
The greatest damage from the ban of the Ministry of Finance will be borne by IP, having in the assortment of their stores only beer. According to one of the market participants, in Russia today there are about 89 thousand stores of so-called live beer, 90% of which are recorded on the IP. Yevgeny Fedotov, the owner of the chain of stores selling the craft of Glavpivmag, believes that some businessmen will leave the market if a ban on beer is introduced, while some will continue to work in the dark. "Re-registration of property with IP will take a lot of time and will require a large number of securities, which will contribute to additional spending, which has already grown since starting work with the EGAIS and the related need to pay more for accountants," he says. The president of the Coalition of Small Trading Format Owners, Vladlen Maksimov, believes that the proposal of the Ministry of Finance will have a negative impact not only on small business in the sphere of trade, but also in beer production: "Small breweries can not pay for entry to retail chains, so small stores for them are one of the few sales channels. "
As the brewers remind, before 1 came into force on January 2013, the ban on the sale of beer in stalls and kiosks by force through this channel sold 20% of all their products. As a result, the total number of outlets selling beer has since declined by 50 thousand.
The Finance Ministry on Tuesday did not respond to a request in the PAP refused to comment.
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