19 Mar 2010 13:59

Govt commissions recommends 15% duty on bulk wine imports, 20% on bottled wine

MOSCOW. March 19 (Interfax) - Russia's Sub-Commission for Customs and Tariff Regulations and Protective Measures for Foreign Trade made a recommendation on Thursday to the Customs Union to set duties on bulk import of wine and bottled wine imports at 15% and 20%, respectively.

The Russian government said in a statement that imports for bulk wine over 227 liters would have a customs duty of 15%, other wines, including bottled wine, would receive a 20% duty. The duty for the import of freshly pressed grape juice could be set at 15%.

This decision was made for the purposes of preventing the unreliable declaration of alcoholic goods and materials for their production imported into Russia, the government said in a statement.

In October 2009, the commission made a recommendation for setting 15% duties on the import of all types of wine and fresh grape juice. At that moment, the duty on both bottled and bulk wine imports came to 20% while the duty for fresh grape juice stands at 5%.