Armenia asks EEC for 8-month deferment for enacting tobacco production related technical regulation

Armenia asks EEC for 8-month deferment for enacting tobacco production related technical regulation

YEREVAN, October 13. /ARKA/. Armenia has asked the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), the governing body of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), to grant it an 8-month deferment for enacting a technical regulation that enters into force on November 15, requiring that cigarette packs produced in EEU member countries place frightening images on the packs, the Russian Kommersant daily writes. 

It says the request is prompted by the fact that Armenian tobacco factories will not have time to ship large stocks of products with old-style labels before the deadline. According to experts, cited by Kommersant, if this request is satisfied, it will give Armenian products a competitive advantage in Russia. The daily obtained a draft decision of the Eurasian Economic Commission, which envisages granting Armenia a postponement until July 15, 2018.

The technical regulation that comes into force on November 15 requires that producers in EEU countries place warning signs with frightening pictures of a larger size - 50% of the surface on the front of the pack of cigarettes. On the reverse side, the warning size remains equal to 50% of the surface. Also, packs should have additional inscription such as "cigarettes contain systemic poisons, carcinogenic and mutagenic substances", which should occupy 17% of the lateral surface of the pack.


According to the National Statistical Service of Armenia, production of cigarettes in 2016 amounted to 23.7 billion pieces, which was 30% more than in 2015. At the same time, the bulk of the country's tobacco products are exported. The largest local producers are Grand Tobacco and Masis companies.

According to Kantar TNS Russia, in May 2017, Armenian cigarettes accounted for 2% of all illegal tobacco products in the Russian market. In the Russian North Caucasian republics they accounted for 42%. The total share of illegal cigarettes in Russia for that period was estimated at 4.6%. -0-



12:09 13.10.2017





 

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