The Federal Antimonopoly Service proposed to include perfumery and cosmetics in the list of goods for which it is proposed to allow parallel imports - that is, to be imported into the country without the permission of the copyright holder. This was reported by the Vedomosti newspaper. Now branded goods can only be imported into the country by the owner of the brand or an authorized supplier. The FAS believes that parallel imports will help reduce the prices of goods by at least 20%. According to the Eurasian Economic Commission, the price of imported perfumery could be reduced by 20-60%.
In addition, it is proposed to allow parallel imports for soft drinks and hygiene products; earlier it was said about the possibility of applying this measure to auto parts, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. The list was sent for approval to First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov.
Business representatives were ambivalent about the possibility of allowing parallel imports. Opponents of the measure say that initially it was proposed to legalize parallel imports in those industries where domestic production is insufficiently developed, but, according to the executive director of the Rusbrand community (which includes P&G, Colgate-Palmolive, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Henkel, Mars and Unilever) Alexey Popovichev, cosmetics, hygiene products and drinks are produced in sufficient quantities in Russia. Experts also note that foreign companies that have invested in Russian production in order to reduce production costs will be under attack.