Cabinet Minister Dmytro Dubilet has said that the government has developed a plan to combat illegal sale of alcohol. He wrote about this on his Facebook page.
“Now there is up to 50% of alcohol which is sold in the shadow market in Ukraine. This is a big problem. On the one hand, this is a threat to the health of Ukrainians. On the other hand it causes huge losses to the state budget (UAH 5-10 billion per year), not to mention it is a hotbed of corruption,” Dubilet said.
To Dubilet, many countries have underwent introduction of electronic excise tax stamps, which allows tracking products from the moment of production to the time of sale.
“This is a simple idea. A barcode will be printed on ordinary excise stamps, which could be read by standard barcode scanner in the stores. There is no need to enter the barcodes information to a separate system: just enter it into the cash receipt, like a regular product,” the minister said.
He also added that the new system will “activate” and “deactivate” excise stamps, which indicates that the manufacturer has paid tax to the budget.
As The Journalist reported, Ukraine’s parliament passes law abolishing state monopoly on alcohol production.