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Custom supported the idea of mass opening parcels from abroad to fight counterfeiting

The management of the Federal customs service of Russia (FCS) endorsed the initiative of the Russian Association of companies of Internet trade (AKIT) on opening of foreign parcels. This measure will help to identify counterfeit products sent from abroad.

AKITA (unites the largest Russian retailers, including Ozon, Lamoda, Media Markt, re:Store, “220”, M. Video, Svyaznoy, Sportmaster, Eldorado, “Hardware”) will negotiate with the Federal customs service (FCS) that is not less than 5% of parcels from abroad were opened and checked for counterfeit. Currently, the FCS checks the packages through x-ray machine. If an employee is suspected that in sending there is something forbidden (drugs or something), then the shipment can be opened in the presence of witnesses.

“We support this initiative. But I already talked about the fact that we do not want to see us accused of being too bureaucratic zeal on this occasion. Therefore, 5% or 25% — hard to say. But such a check digit we still probably satisfied,” – said the head of Department Andrey Belyaninov. He stressed that 5% is an acceptable figure. The Minister did not wish FCS was accused of “excessive bureaucratic zeal on this occasion”.

On 18 January, the proposal to open at least five percent of all sent from abroad parcels came from AKITA. The President of AKITA Alexei Fyodorov explained that these measures are necessary to identify counterfeit products.

“The consumer should not be punished: he could not know that buying counterfeit. In this case, is called the representative of the manufacturer for examination, and, if it is determined a fake, the thing is confiscated and destroyed. And then the consumer is dealing with who sold him the goods”, — explained the initiative of Fedorov AKITA. If the seller is not in the Russian jurisdiction, the organization plans to achieve its punishment in accordance with local and international regulations.

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Many Russian Internet shops do not approve the proposal. The head of eBay in Russia believes that such an initiative would lead to an additional burden on the customs and value growth services for buyers. According to him, the platforms themselves can fight against counterfeiting — in particular, on eBay after complaints on counterfeit products, the seller’s account is blocked and money on its Deposit burned.

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