News - PET for beer — the decision on future packaging for the “foamy” beverage will be made any time soon

16.03.2015

This spring, deputies of the State Duma are going to resume discussing the much-talked-about draft law on ban on the sale of beer and liquor in plastic containers. The representatives of the State Duma Committee for Economic Policy have informed Izvestia reporters that the document has been included in the agenda for the spring session. 

— The Committee is planning to discuss the draft law in March-April 2015. The Legal Department of the RF Presidential Administration and the Federal Service for Alcohol Market Regulation are rendering an advisory opinion about the law scope and enactment date. Once all the parties come to agreement, the committee will do its best to prepare the document for its further discussion, Igor Rudensky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Economic Policy, said.

According to Izvestia, the logjam on the draft law was broken only in December 2014, when the meeting chaired by Alexander Khloponin, Deputy Chairman of the Government was held to outline the government’s position that was set forth in the minutes (the document was made available to Izvestia). The source in the government explained to Izvestia that the draft law had also been discussed so long, as the government was not able to reach agreement on the issue. Eventually, it was decided that the ban on sale of alcoholic beverages in polymer containers of more than 2 liters will take effect on July 1, 2015, while the ban on containers larger than 1.5 liters will be imposed on July 1, 2016. In addition, the government is planning to set a six-month period for selling the remaining stock of the alcohol beverages in PET-containers.

Starting from January 1, 2017 the government intends to permit production of alcoholic beverages up to 6% ABV in PET containers not exceeding 1.5 liters. PET-containers will be banned for alcoholic beverages with over 6% ABV. Besides, the transition period up to 6 months will be set for selling the remaining stock of alcoholic beverages over 6% ABV in PET-containers. The above amendments made by the government will be soon discussed in the Lower House of the Russian Parliament.