De Russische regering is van plan de invoer van Europese wijnen te verbieden. Het plan maakt deel uit van een sanctiepakket dat de Russen in antwoord op Europese sancties willen door voeren. President Poetin het pakket inmiddels goedgekeurd. De Russische wijnbedrijven zijn niet gelukkig met het plan. Enkele producenten verwachten negatieve effecten voor de Russische markt. Onze correspondent meldt:
The Russian government is considering imposing a ban on the wine imports to Russia from the EU, as part of a package of countersanctions that was approved by President Vladimir Putin yesterday.
According to Russian customs statistics, in 2014 the volume of wine imports to Russia amounted to 24.1m decalitres. Among the EU countries, the main suppliers were France at 4.6m dal, Spain at 3.7m dal, Italy at 3.6m dal and Germany with 1.3m dal.
The state plans have been criticised by some leading Russian analysts in the field of wine business.
According to Elena Mikhaylishina,marketing director of Phanagoria, one of Russia’s leading wine producers, instead of imposing a ban on wine imports to Russia, the government should increase support of domestic winemakers.
Dmitry Merezhko, the publisher Simple wine News, argues the ban will negatively affect the Russian wine market, particularly the premium wine segment, which is mostly comprised of French and Italian imports. Merezhko adds that Russia’s own wine industry cannot replace wine imports from the EU countries; these have an excellent reputation in Russia, mainly due to their high quality.
According to data from the Russian Federal Statistics Service (Rosstat), the volume of domestic production in 2014 amounted to 32.1m dal of still wine and 15.6m dal of sparkling wines. The volume of wine produced in Crimea amounted to 3m dal.
At present Russia ranks the world’s fifth country, in terms of thevolume of wine imports and ninth in terms of value; 11.2% of total imports includes the imports of wine materials’.