Wine and Spirits
The Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine “On Certain Issues of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products Labelling” No 188 dated 13 March 2013 introduced new samples of excise stamps for alcoholic beverages and tobacco products to be effective starting from 1 May. The less than 2 month introduction timeframe set by this Resolution was unacceptable for industry because of the time needed for arranging an inventory of stamps, printing new excise stamps and buying them.
Background: During March the EBA addressed a number of appeals to the Government and asked to postpone the implementation. Additionally this issue was stressed within a number of meetings in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine.
Thus as a result of our lobbying efforts, we are happy to state that introduction of new excise stamps has been postponed until 1 August, by the Resolution of Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine “On Amendments to the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated 13 March 2013” No. 321 that was adopted on 29 April by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and from 8 May came into force.
The EBA welcomes this step and is looking forward to further cooperation with the state authorities.