Manturov said the labelling of cigarettes will affect their value

© Fotolia / DoraZettПродажа cigarettes. Archival photoManturov said the labelling of cigarettes will affect their value© Fotolia / DoraZett

Marking of cigarettes a QR code will not affect their value, said the head of Minpromtorg Denis Manturov reporters after a meeting of the State Commission to counter illegal turnover of industrial products.

As previously reported by the first Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, the Russian authorities in 2018 will be ready to run the pilot system for electronic labeling of tobacco products.

«I don’t think it will affect the cost (of cigarettes), given the fact that we are working with business and we have found a solution in the most optimal format. This point code (QR-code). This is the, in our opinion, the cheapest and easiest to use format. End of the code we need to have to decide on the final timing, but I think that 2018 would be optimal for market participants», — said Manturov.

At the present time in Russia introduced mandatory marking with identification marks only fur. In July, the Russian government approved the draft law on marking of goods with control marks. The document proposes to give the government powers to determine the list of goods subject to mandatory labeling. It is also planned to give the Cabinet the right to determine the list of groups of organizations that carry out the marking of goods with control marks according to types of activities.

The label’s purpose — the fight against falsified, counterfeit and substandard products, as well as improving the efficiency of state control over circulation of certain groups of goods.