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Cigarette makers threaten to stop production
Tobacco companies promise to stop production due to tightening control over raw tobacco. He may be assigned a “high pest risk” category.
According to Vedomosti, the Council for the Development of the Tobacco Industry reported about a possible complete stop of cigarette production in the member countries of the Eurasian Economic Union. It includes, among other things, representatives of the Russian divisions of the world's largest tobacco companies Philip Morris International, Japan Tobacco International, etc. a shipment of imported tobacco. The paperwork is done at the expense of the manufacturer and can lead to additional costs of up to US $ 20 million per year. If batches are rejected, then this can lead to a halt in production, because the absence or replacement of one type of tobacco for another can significantly change the characteristics of the finished product, since tobacco blends from several varieties of tobacco are usually used in the production of cigarettes.
The need to classify raw tobacco as a “high phytosanitary risk” was discussed in the summer of 2021, when temporary restrictions on its import from a number of countries were introduced. a humpback fly was found in containers with tobacco. At the end of July, the restrictions were lifted, but the Eurasian Economic Commission received proposals to tighten control over imported raw materials. Tobacco is now classified as a low pest risk product and is subject to random visual inspection at the border.