Coordinating the International Effort Against Illicit Trafficking in Manufactured Goods: Potential Ways Forward

24 May , 09:00–10:15
The Global Economy in an Era of Change
Panel Session
Pavilion F, Conference Hall F3

Illicit trafficking in manufactured goods has reached critical levels, significantly impeding industrial development, discouraging investors, and having a negative effect on the country’s economic security. Russia is actively working to stop illicit trafficking in manufactured goods. A State Commission has been created to coordinate efforts in this area. Work is continuously being done to develop and introduce efficient methods of combatting shadow markets, including excise goods, and this has yielded significant results. A goods labelling and tracking system is being developed. Compulsory labelling has been introduced for fur goods, while some other goods (drugs, tobacco) are undergoing pilot schemes. Combatting illicit trafficking in manufactured goods has become an agenda item for international relations. How do we efficiently counteract the growth of the shadow market, while also making use of international practices and the system already created within Russia? How can business attract the state’s attention to such issues, including those related to illicit trafficking? What are the prospects for international cooperation in this area, both within the EAEC and with key trading partners? What advantages do goods labelling and traceability hold for business, and what risks do businesses see in them?

Ivan Fedotov, Director, Association of Innovative Regions of Russia (AIRR)

Aslambek Aslakhanov, President, Anti-Counterfeiting International Organization
Vladimir Bulavin, Head, Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation
Mikhail Dubin, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Advanced Technologies Development Center (ATDC)
Viktor Evtukhov, State Secretary, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation
Vugar Isaev, Member of the Presidium, The Retail Companies Association (ACORT)
Veronika Nikishina, Member of the Board, Minister in Charge of Trade, Eurasian Economic Commission
Marcus Osegowitsch, General Director, Volkswagen Group Rus
Jacek Pastuszka, President, Baltika Breweries LLC; Vice-President Eastern Europe Region, Carlsberg Group
Alexey Popovichev, Executive Director, The Association of Branded Goods Manufacturers in Russia
Maxim Protasov, Head, Russian Quality System
Mikhail Skorokhod, Chairman of the Management Board, Union of Cement Producers (Soyuzcement)
Artem Sokolov, Executive Director, The Association of Internet Trade Companies

Front row participants
Dean Gilfillan, General Director, JTI Russia LLC
Sergey Slipchenko, Vice President for Corporate Affairs in Russia and Belarus, Philip Morris International
Adil Shirinov, President, General Director, Ford Sollers
Dias Shukanov, Regional Manager for Russia, International Federation of Spirits Producers LTD