Retailers were forbidden to return unsold goods with a shelf life of less than 30 days to suppliers. The corresponding document was signed by the President of Russia and published on the official portal of legal information.
The purpose of the law is to expand the access of agricultural producers to sales markets, the authors explained. In addition, as a result of suppressing the practice of returning groceries by food chains that are not sold after a certain period of time, stores will order fewer products, expecting deliveries in such a way that goods do not lie on the shelves. Concluded agreements between suppliers and retailers must be brought into line with the new law 180 days after its adoption.
Recall that the bill was submitted to the State Duma in January by a group of deputies led by Irina Yarovaya and Senator Sergey Lisovsky. The document adopted on first reading provided for a total ban on the return of unsold food products, but then this provision was deleted. The final version of the document includes a rule on the shelf life of up to 30 days and the clause prohibiting the replacement of such products with similar ones and for reimbursement of their value.