The company “sun InBev” (a subsidiary of Belgian brewing company Anheuser-Bush InBev) announced that the proposal of the Russian Ministry of Finance to introduce excise duty on non-alcoholic beer, may cause the cessation of production of such beverages. It was declared to Agency of RIA “news” the Director for legal Affairs and corporate relations of the company oraz Durdyev.
Earlier this week, the Finance Ministry proposed to produce alignment of excise duty rates on cider, Mead, and beer, including nonalcoholic. This measure, according to the Ministry, will allow to balance budgets of regions.
“The initiative of the Ministry of Finance on the introduction of excise duty for non-alcoholic beer appears to us to be excessive and unreasonable, it contradicts not only the strategy dealcoholization of the population, but can lead to a reduction or disappearance of the category as a whole as will significantly increase the cost of production”, – said the Durdyev.
At the same time, he recalled, “development of non-alcoholic category contributes to changing consumption patterns and reduce the number of cases of alcohol abuse, is directly interested state.”
“Currently, this segment accounts for a relatively small share of the total market, but it shows good growth, and, for example, the plans of our company at the global level to make sure that by 2025, all non-alcoholic varieties was not less than 20% of total production,” – said the representative of the brewing company.
“Earlier it was discussed that no significant decisions that could worsen the situation of the brewers until 2018, will not be accepted, the industry continues to advocate a balanced approach to excise policy and looks forward to continuing a constructive dialogue”, – said the representative of “sun InBev”.
Recall, presented this week to the government’s draft main directions of tax policy for 2017-2019 contains a proposal to impose excise non-alcoholic beer, prerana it to low-alcohol drinks and alcohol drinks of medium strength (from 0.5% to 8.6%), the excise tax which will be raised.
Now beer and the alcoholic strength of 0,5% and to 8,6% are subject to excise duty of 20 cents per liter. With strong beer (more than 8.6%) will be charged excise tax of 37 cents per liter.
More than half would increase with the implementation of the proposals of the Ministry of Finance and the excise tax on drinks such as cider, Poire and Mead with nine rubles in 2016 to 21 rubles per liter.
In addition, the Finance Ministry has proposed to double the excise tax on wine. For the production of imported grapes provides for the increase from nine to 18 cents per liter. For Russian wines with protected geographical indication and protected appellation of origin from five to 10 rubles per liter. The exceptions are sparkling wines and champagnes, fruit wines and wine beverages.