Perfume Makers Ask Dmitri Medvedev to Leave Them Out of Marking Regulations

UrBC, Yekaterinburg, December 10, 2018. Russian and international perfume makers asked Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev in their recent letter to take perfumes and colognes off the list of products that have to get authenticity markings, Kommersant reports.

The letter was signed by heads of Association of Perfumery, Cosmetics, Household Chemicals and Hygienic Goods Manufacturers, Russian Perfumery and Cosmetics Association, and Direct Sales Association; together, the associations represent over 90% of the manufacturers and importers operating in the country, including L`Oreal, Unilever, and Avon.

The idea behind the marking system is to prevent counterfeit items from getting onto the market; however, fakes only make under 1% of the Russian market, the letter states. The letter also quotes Rospotrebnadzor’s statistical data: only 0.9% of perfumes and cosmetics failed to meet the Customs Union’s technical requirements last year. Also, the Federal Customs Service only came across 77,400 counterfeit units in the perfumes and cosmetics category in 2017, which amounts to less than 0.1% of overall national sales (93.4 million units according to GfK Rus).

Now according to Euromonitor International’s latest forecasts, Russian perfume and cologne sales will drop by 0.8%, or down to RUB 95.15 billion in 2018 due to the ongoing recession and people’s shrinking incomes.


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