Soft drinks marking machine goes out of order 2-3 times a day and this factor frustrates production process, Coca-Cola Bottlers Georgia lawyer Paata Gabunia told the Business Contract.
Marking machine that is controlled by Swiss company Sikpa is out of order and this is confirmed by conclusion of Levan Samkharauli Forensics Bureau.
“The marking machine has many technical problems. According to the law, we are authorized to produce non-marked products if the damage cannot be removed within 3 hours, but this moment contradicts legislation. Then why do we calculate and make marking?
The device is out of order 2-3 times a day and this frustration lasts 10-60 minutes. Because of this factor, we have applied to Levan Samkharauli Forensics Bureau and they confirmed that the device is damaged. Therefore, we cannot continue production and the company bears losses, even more so we pay salaries on hourly basis”, Paata Gabunia said.
Because of the mentioned factor the law covering obligatory marking is unconstitutional, because it restricts companies to manage and sell property. In this direction Constitutional Court will discuss an appeal of nonalcoholic beverages.
As to obligatory marking amount, which makes up 5.5 EUR per 1000 bottles and is paid by state budget today, business sector representatives expect that Government will stop financing the marking fee and companies will have to take additional costs. As a result, product will rise in price.