Port Special Economic Zone "Ulyanovsk" Organizes Product Labeling
The Federal Customs Service of Russia confirmed that this procedure can be carried out at PSEZ. This will allow residents to develop new areas of investment activities and to create additional jobs for people living in the region.
PSEZ is one of the most relevant and promising areas of activities during the era of digitalization.
He commented, “This will create new jobs and increase tax deductions to all types of budgets. The infrastructure of the site in Ulyanovsk PSEZ, a convenient transport and logistics system, as well as a special tax and customs regime, will help investors successfully develop a new type of activity.”
According to experts of the Corporation, Elitim, a company that rents production facilities in the industrial park "Platforma", was the first of the PSEZ residents to organize labeling of foreign textiles in the duty-free zone. A truck with goods for labeling has already come to the industrial park. The resident is going to hire twenty more people and task them with applying digital codes to the packages. In addition to the wholesale trade of textiles, Elitim manufactures stuffed toys, souvenirs and gift packaging. Its customers are large retail chains, Russian corporations and organizers of mass events for children.
“We would like to thank the Federal Customs Service of Russia for helping residents of the Port Special Economic Zone. We invite both investors interested in creating the first labeling facility in PSEZ and partners among Ulyanovsk and Russian enterprises to take advantage of the new opportunities. We are always ready for cooperation,” - commented Oleg Barabanov, Director General of Ulyanovsk PSEZ.
Russia has been introducing mandatory labeling for various groups of goods since 2016. For this purpose, the Advanced Technologies Center (ATC) created the National Programme of Goods Digital Marking and Traceability called "Honest Mark". The code is issued to responsible manufacturers and importers and is used to trace the whole path of the goods - from the conveyor that makes it to the online cash register that sells it. The Honest Mark system records transitions of goods at all stages of the logistics chain, which makes it impossible to replace high-quality goods with fake ones. Mandatory labeling will guarantee consumers the authenticity and quality of products, thus making commodity markets transparent. Creators of the Honest Mark project expect that digital labeling will help businesses improve their performance and logistic schemes, as well as increase their market share and the revenue.
Currently, the list of goods subject to mandatory labelling in Russia includes shoes, consumer goods, cameras and photo-flash tubes, tires, perfume and cologne, pharmaceuticals, tobacco, and fur coats. Stating from 1 January, 2021, Russia banned unmarked leather clothes and knitwear, coats and raincoats, bed-, kitchen- and table-linen. Other product categories are at an experimental stage and will also become subject to mandatory labeling by 2024.