Excise Stamps Ruin Russian Wine Market


As consumers struggle to understand why the Indian government with various duties makes foreign wines so expensive for us. Well, apparently Russia has even larger problems. New import laws there have forced shopkeepers to remove their bottles from the shelves until they get the new excise stamps in time for a July 1st deadline.
The government only started issuing the stamps in May and importers have been scrambling to get their bottles stamped. To make matters worse, restaurants and wines stores cannot re-stamp the bottles. They have to be returned to the importer for re-stamping.

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