The Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade plans to apply RFID chips to apparel and footwear products, which apply to its customs union members, hoping to curb counterfeit products on the market.
According to Georgy Kalamanov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, the pharmaceutical industry has begun to adopt a similar system, which is also used to contain forgery, and he believes that all members of the customs union (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan) should adopt the system.
Textile Industry Federation Soyuzlegprom said the company has long been proposed to the customs union representatives using RFID chips. The Rusnano subsidiary also worked with the Belarus Identification System Center to propose a plan to adopt electronic tags.
But has not yet elected the contractor responsible for the plan. In Russia, only two companies make RFID chips: RST-Invent and Micron (responsible for the production of chips for the Moscow subway ticket).
Garment manufacturers believe that the use of electronic tags and related equipment to read the bill is too high, will affect the price of the product.
Soyuzlegprom said the budget for the implementation of the plan is one trillion rubles, which is equivalent to the annual reported forged clothing and footwear products.
According to the Federal Customs Service (FCS), since 2007, Russia exposed 70 million counterfeit products, only 4.8 million in the first half of 2013; confiscated fake products in the first half of this year worth 5.6 million rubles.
FCS said that most of the exposure of counterfeit products for clothing, footwear and toys.