Old Alcohol Software Use Extended

Old software licenses for the Integrated Automated State Information System, or EGAIS, used to track alcohol products, will be extended until new software is produced, the Federal Tax Service said in a statement Tuesday.

The old EGAIS licenses were renewed in January until June 1. No new deadline was named Tuesday.

Market participants have voiced concerns that some alcohol producers could face a shutdown similar to the one two years ago, when the first EGAIS software was introduced, because new software being developed for EGAIS was not ready, Interfax reported.

Alcohol firms are now using software developed by state-run firm Atlas.

"EGAIS is very complicated, and it will take a few more years to make the new software work," Osman Paragulgov, president of the National Union Of Wine and Spirits Producers and Distributors, said Tuesday. "It must be a really smart system to track every bottle sold in the country."