Cigarette manufacturers began to enter into agreement for their distribution in Ukraine with competitors TEDIS Ukraine. About this informed the head of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) terentiyev.
“The tobacco companies say about the beginning of the conclusion of contracts with other distributors,” – said Terentyev.
According to him, April 28, 2017 regular meeting of the Economic court of Kiev under the claim of “Tedis Ukraine” on the Antimonopoly Committee about recognition invalid and cancellation of its decision with the participation of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, which joined the case to represent the interests of the state.
At the request of OOO “Tedis Ukraine”, in connection with the necessity of familiarization with the case materials, the court postponed the trial to may 18, 2017.
The AMC expects Treasury official confirmation of crediting a partial payment of a fine in the amount of UAH 300 million (the full amount of the fine, UAH 431 million).
We will remind, earlier experts declared about the establishment in Ukraine of the lack of cigarettes, but acknowledged the lack of goods artificially provoked – as panic demand for tobacco, and the actions of sellers.
As reported, in late March, the security forces exposed the scheme particularly major tax evasion and illegal transfer of billions of hryvnia from Ukraine through the company “Tedis”. Including the company is accused of financing terrorism. However, TEDIS Ukraine denies all allegations of the Prosecutor General, the company has already sought the protection of the President of Petro Poroshenko and interior Minister Arsen Avakov.
In addition, law enforcement officers raided the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukrainerelated to the tobacco distributor. The media also reported that the leadership of AMCU was suspected of receiving bribes from the “Tedis”.
In addition, it became known about arrest of corporate rights and Bank accounts of the company “Tedis-Ukraine”in PrivatBank.
“Tedis-Ukraine” (earlier “Metropolis”) – a distributor of tobacco products in Ukraine. The company is in the TOP 20 largest in Ukraine and full control of the market distribution of tobacco products. For many years the company has collaborated with international manufacturers of tobacco products: JapanTobacco International, Philip Morris International, Imperial Tobacco Group, British American Tobacco, as well as with suppliers of lighters FireTime and Ringo Ltd. In 2014 and 2015, 100% made in Ukraine cigarettes were implemented “Tedis”.
In December 2016, the AMCU has fined the “Tedis” 431 million UAH for abuse of monopoly – the claim was to the pricing. In addition, according to AMC, “Tedis” partially refused to sell the product in the absence of alternative sellers.