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Russia to allow deliver alcohol via post

Russia to allow deliver alcohol via post

Russian Ministry of Communications has proposed to permit importing alcohol beverages via post. If adopted, this rule will be valid within the whole territory of the Customs Union. Experts comment
November 12, 2015

Russian Ministry of Communications has proposed to permit importing alcohol beverages via post. If adopted, this rule will be valid within the whole territory of the Customs Union. Experts comment such a step of officials as a preparation for legalizing sail of alcohol online, Rg.ru reports.

As for now, goods containing ethyl alcohol are not allowed to cross borders of the Customs Union via post under any circumstances. Just like weapons, cigarettes, explosives, drugs, and some other goods.

What Russian Ministry of Communications proposes is to lift the ban for such products as beer or wine (up to five liters) and retain it only for the import of pure ethyl alcohol.

The head of the Research Center for Federal and Regional Alcohol Markets Vadim Drobiz suggests that the initiative is part of the larger plan to liberalize online sale of alcohol in Russia. He underlines that opening borders of the Customs Union will allow to purchase alcohol products from foreign online stores. That is extremely relevant now when the market is full of counterfeit products.

Thus, “Russian buyers will be able to order a bottle of guaranteed quality,” Drobiz added.

Russia doesn’t have experience in delivery of alcohol thought mail (post), he says. But Western countries do practise it.
Russian government considers the proposal to legalize online sale of alcohol in Russia. Experts suggest that first legal online stores may appear in Russia already next year.