The deadline for new excise stamps for wine and spirits imported into Russia has been pushed back, according to local reports.

The Prime-Tass news agency said yesterday (10 January) that the Russian government has extended the date by which imported bottles will need the stamps to 30 March.

The new duty regime, which were initially due to be introduced in July last year, have caused chaos for the country's wine and spirit importers.

A lack of stamps saw shelves approach empty in the country, and the deadline initially slipping back to 29 December.

Last month, reports from Russia said that the Finance Ministry was pushing to postpone the introduction of barcode scanners that track alcohol production and sales from 1 February to 1 July.

The introduction of both new stamps and scanners is an attempt by the Russian government to stem the flow of bootleg alcohol in the country.