Track & trace for footwear

On 1 June 2018, the track & trace experiment for footwear using digital Data Matrix codes commenced in accordance with Resolution No. 792-r of the Government of the Russian Federation dated 28 April 2018.

Within the scope of the experiment, a project expert group for marking was created as part of the inter-agency industrial working group for the prevention of the illegal circulation of goods. The project expert group included representatives from chains, wholesale companies, and footwear manufacturers.

On 7 June 2018, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia held a meeting of the project expert group. Based on the results of the meeting, decisions were made to develop and approve the Plan of Activities for implementation of the experiment.

The Center for Research in Perspective Technologies has conducted presentations of the equipment which is planned for use in the process of ordering, marking and remarking footwear, as well as for operations at the labelling and marking centers, etc.

Footwear manufacturers
Deputy Director for Commerce of the Production and Commissioning at Technoavia Firm LLC Natalya Shulyak
Chief Specialist for Legal Support and Strategic Projects at BELWEST LLC Valery Bobyshev
Director General of BELWEST LLC Yuri Sumaneev
Head of the IT Department at PARIZHSKAYA KOMMUNA Moscow Footwear Factory CJSC Sergey Anikin
Deputy Director General for Production Complex Management at PARIZHSKAYA KOMMUNA Moscow Footwear Factory CJSC Ivan Tatarchuk
Marketing Director at YEGORYEVSKAYA Footwear Factory (Yegoryevsk-obuv JSC) Andrey Kapusta
Director General of YEGORYEVSKAYA Footwear Factory (Yegoryevsk-obuv JSC) Sergey Sorokin
Wholesale companies
IT Director at AXA (Triol LLC) Aleksandr Senko
Financial Director at AXA (Triol LLC) Pavel Vereschinsky
President of AXA (Triol LLC) Irina Lavrukhina
President of MAKFINE (GoldShoes LLC) Armen Avetisyan
Director for Development and Production at ANALPA (Obuv-Stil Design Bureau LLC) Sergey Shatalov
Managing Partner of ANALPA (Obuv-Stil Design Bureau LLC) Aleksandr Khakhanyan
Director of Foreign-Economic Activity and the Logistics Department at AVENIR (Avenir LLC) Anatoly Bakhtin
President of AVENIR (Avenir LLC) Elena Petrova
Representatives of industrial unions and associations
Director General of KARI (KARI LLC) Nikolay Polyakov
Deputy Chairperson of the Committee for Labour Protection and Maintenance of Labour Potential of Business Russia Elena Makhinya
Director General of the National Footwear Union Natalya Demidova
IT Director at EKONIKA (Esperans LLC) Kirill Mityushkin
Vice President at Novard Group of EKONIKA (Esperans LLC) Sergey Sarkisov
Lead Analyst at SPORTMASTER Alexey Timchenko
Process Engineer at ZENDEN (Dom Odezhdy LLC) Igor Bely
Managing Partner/Director of ZENDEN Retail Chain (Dom Odezhdy LLC) Aleksandr Sarychev
Deputy Director General of KARI (KARI LLC) Alexey Gordeev
Representatives of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia
Advisor of the Department for Development of Domestic Trade, System of Digital Marking of Goods and Legalization of Goods Circulation Valeriya Valeeva
Head of the Division for Interaction with State Authorities in the Sphere of Preventing Illegal Turnover of Industrial Goods of the Department for Development of Domestic Trade, Track&trace Digital System and Legalization of Goods Circulation Oleg Tukhvatullin
Deputy Director of the Department for Development of Domestic Trade, Track&trace Digital System and Legalization of Goods Circulation Irina Ivanova
Deputy Chairperson
Head of the Customs Regulations Committee of the Retail Companies Association Anna Orlova
Deputy Director of the Department for Development of Domestic Trade, System of Digital Marking of Goods and Legalization of Goods Circulation Aleksandra Rasstrigina
Member of the Presidium of the Retail Companies Association / Chairperson of the Consumer Market Regulation Committee Vladimir Isaev
Director of the Department for Development of Domestic Trade, Manufacturing and Consumer Market of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Evgeny Ryzhov

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Nikolay Polyakov
Nikolay Polyakov

Director General of Kari

«According to an evaluation conducted by RBС, every second pair of shoes in Russia these days is sold in violation of laws. This footwear is of unclear origin, made from unknown materials and does not have certificates.

Marking is probably the only solution that can change the situation on the market relatively quickly and practically. This is the reason why we completely support the decision of the Government to implement track & trace for footwear, and why we were some of the first to take part in the experiment»

Aleksandr Milykh
Aleksandr Milykh

Director for Communications at ZENDEN Group

«ZENDEN Group sees a number of advantages to the project within the federal network of multi-brand stores of footwear and accessories. «We believe that footwear marking would resolve a number of important economic problems, have an extremely favourable impact on economic development, and make it possible to save the budget funds spent each year on unravelling grey business schemes. In addition, implementing the project will allow bringing a larger share of the market to light. It will force ineffective players out of the market, as well as those who sell products imported illegally into Russia.

The project would add to the set of measures aimed at fighting crimes such as the sale of contraband and counterfeit goods»

Aleksandr Khakhanyan
Aleksandr Khakhanyan

Project Manager at Analpa

«Mandatory footwear marking will make the market as transparent as possible, both for its participants and for end users.

We commenced preparations for the pilot project last year; in the meantime, all internal projects have been adapted and the necessary IT solutions prepared»

Sergey Anikin
Sergey Anikin

Head of the IT Department at Parizhskaya Kommuna Moscow Footwear Factory CJSC

«The results of implementing this project will be the creation of honest competition between participants of the Russian footwear market due to the reduction in counterfeit products, and optimization of business processes in the Parizhskaya Kommuna Moscow Footwear Factory CJSC group of companies, starting with footwear production and ending with sales at dedicated stores»

To take part in the track & trace experiment for footwear, the following is necessary:

1. Submit an application to participate in the experiment on the Chestny ZNAK website

2. An experiment participant must:

  • have an enhanced, encrypted and certified e-signature;
  • have a hardware-software complex connected to communication channels, that provides automated interaction with the Track & trace IS operator to obtain marking codes;
  • have a computing system able to create and certify electronic documents with an encrypted e-signature which is required for interacting with the Track & trace IS operator (requesting identification tools, information about their use, notifications) and for working within the Personal Account.

3. Experiment participants who conduct retail sales, including of footwear received from private individuals, and who are not individual entrepreneurs (with the exception of goods that had been previously purchased and later returned by private individuals who are not individual entrepreneurs), as well as experiment participants to whom the requirements for the use of cash register equipment apply, as per Federal Law No. 54-FZ «On the Use of Cash Register Equipment when Making Payments within the Russian Federation» dated 22 May 2003, as amended by Federal Law No. 290-FZ «On the Use of Cash Register Equipment when Making Cash Payments in Cash and/or Payments using Payment Cards, and Individual Legal Acts of the Russian Federation» dated 3 July 2016, must ensure the fulfilment of the following mandatory conditions:

  • have tools for scanning and recognition of identification marks linked to cash register equipment;
  • enter into a contract with the fiscal data operator on the transfer of fiscal documents to the Track & trace IS related to the footwear marked using identification tools.

Regulation On the experiment on footwear marking with identification tools in the territory of the Russian Federation
Guidelines for Participants of th Experiment on Marking with Identification Tools and Footwear Circulation Monitoring under Codes 6401 - 6405 of the Product Classifier for Foreign Economic Activities of the EEU in the Russian Federation
Presentation Marking of light industry 07.12 (en)
Präsentation Etikettierung der Leichtindustrie 07.12 (de)
Presentazione Etichettatura dell'industria leggera 07.12 (it)
About the experiment
  • Who made the decision to introduce the track & trace for footwear in Russia, and when? Which state authorities will oversee this system?

    In accordance with Resolution No. 792-r of the Government dated 28 April 2018, digital marking will become mandatory for the footwear industry as of 1 July 2019.
    In accordance with the Resolution No. 620 of the Government of the Russian Federation dated 30 May 2018, the pilot project for footwear marking was launched on 1 June 2018. It will last until 30 June 2019. The operator of the track & trace system has appointed a subsidiary of the Center for Research in Perspective Technologies, CRPT Operator, which was created to implement the Unified national track & trace digital system known as Chestny ZNAK.

  • How can I take part in the pilot project?

    To take part in the experiment, the following is necessary:

    • Submit an application on the Chestny ZNAK website at
    • Receive an enhanced, encrypted and certified e-signature at accredited certification centres.
    • Have a hardware-software complex connected to communication channels, that provides automated interaction with the Track & trace IS operator to obtain marking codes.
    • Have a computing system able to create and certify electronic documents with an encrypted e-signature which is required for interacting with the Track & trace IS operator (requesting identification tools, information about their use, notifications) and for working within the Personal Account.

  • How will footwear be marked?

    To mark footwear, identification tools with marking codes will be used to apply a two-dimensional digital Data Matrix code and an alpha-numerical sequence (31 marking code symbols: first, second and third groups) to the consumer packaging, the product tag, or the product itself.

    The composition of the marking code comprises:

    1) global trade item number (GTIN), 14 digital symbols;

    2) individual serial number of the goods, which is generated by the Track & trace IS operator or the economic agent, 13 symbols of the digital or alpha-numeric sequence (Latin alphabet);

    3) Foreign Economic Activity Commodity Classification of the EEU, 4 first symbols of the 10-digit code of the Foreign Economic Activity Commodity Classification of the EEU;

    4) verification key, provided by the Track & trace IS operator as a part of the verification code, 4 symbols;

    5) e-signature, provided by the system operator as a part of the verification code, 88 symbols (numbers, lower and upper-case letters of the Latin alphabet, as well as special symbols).

    This method of footwear marking makes it possible to store and use the marking code as a two-dimensional, DataMatrix digital code in the internal systems of economic agents, accompanying documents, etc., without the risk of copying or theft.
    The identification tools with marking codes are generated centrally within the Chestny ZNAK unified track & trace system in the form of a two-dimensional, digital DataMatrix code.

  • What are the technical requirements for economic agents with regard to track & trace for footwear?

    After an economic agent becomes an experiment participant, the CRPT team will provide and adjust the operation of emission recorders — the equipment for ordering and generating marking codes. The Track & trace IS operator provides the equipment at their own expense and carries out set-up and adaptation of the Track & trace IS operation free of charge.
    Most economic agents already have partners able to print a two-dimensional digital DataMatrix code with the required quality level. If an economic agent does not have printing equipment, then the production of identification tools with marking codes can be ordered through special-purpose labelling and marking centres.

  • What costs does an economic agent incur in the process of implementing the track & trace system?

    During the voluntary experiment, the traceability service is offered free of charge. Later on, the cost of the operator’s services for generating a marking code and subsequently tracing the goods will be determined by the Government of the Russian Federation. At present, the cost of the operator’s service is evaluated at 50 kopecks per unit of goods.

  • Is it being possible to set aside a certain amount of codes?

    Pre-booking codes is not required since an economic agent can order any number of codes in advance and apply them at any time (the period of time from ordering a code to printing a label and applying it to the product is unlimited and not regulated).

  • How long does the emission of a single code take?

    At present, a code is issued online every second. During peak load periods, minimal delays may occur (up to 30 minutes).

  • What information is needed to order a code?

    To order a code, you need to indicate the GTIN (you can get this from GS1 by describing the product’s properties: manufacturer/importer, footwear type, product name on the label, upper materials, sole, lining, size, colour, etc.), serial number (if generated by the economic agent), Foreign Economic Activity Commodity Classification codes, methods of delivery of the generated code. You can find more about the information to be submitted to the Track & trace IS by economic agents in order to receive a marking code, as well as during the circulation of goods, in the guidelines for the experiment on the Chestny ZNAK website:

  • Who issues the GTIN?

    The GTIN is issued by GS1. CRPT is considering the possibility of setting up business processes for participants in such a way that goods are described only once, and all market players and importers would use a single GTIN for the same product.

  • At what point is a product considered to be introduced into and removed from circulation?

    Introduction of goods into circulation:
    For Russian manufacturers, a product is introduced into circulation by submitting data to the Track & trace Information system (IS MP) after manufacturing and marking and before the commencement of its circulation (product circulation — its delivery to the territory of the Russian Federation, its storage, transportation, receipt and handover, including their purchase and disposal (sale) within the territory of the Russian Federation).
    For importers, a product is introduced into circulation by submitting the data to the Track & trace Information system (IS MP) before the marked goods undergo customs procedures; after customs procedures are completed and a permit is obtained to bring the marked goods into the territory of the Russian Federation, the product is considered to be introduced into circulation.
    Removal of goods from circulation:
    • Selling the goods to the final consumer at a store through the online cash register, generating a receipt for tax purposes with a marking code, transferring data on the removal of goods from circulation to the Track & trace Information system (IS MP).
    • Purchasing goods for purposes other than subsequent realisation (sale) (e. g. sale of special-purpose footwear). Goods are removed from circulation at the moment in which they are sold to a legal entity and individual entrepreneur for purposes other than subsequent sale. However, if the buyer wishes to sell the goods to another legal entity or individual entrepreneur, they must mark the goods and introduce them into circulation before the sale. Otherwise, such realisation (sale) would be considered as the illegal turnover of goods.
    • In case of export — the goods are removed from circulation after they cross the border of the Russian Federation, having passed through customs procedures.

  • When and how must importers mark their goods?

    Importing companies are responsible for marking goods until they are submitted to customs procedures. The goods delivered for actual customs control must have identification tools and marking codes in the form of a two-dimensional digital Data Matrix code. Outside of the Russian Federation, goods may be marked either at the production facility or at any goods sorting and packaging site; identification tools with marking codes are ordered through Labeling and Marking Centres.

  • What is the Labelling and Marking Centre (LMC)?

    LMC is an organization authorised by the operator of the Unified national track & trace digital system to produce labels with pre-applied marking codes based on requests from manufacturers and/or importers of goods. Labels can be simple or protected, with copy prevention elements.
    The principal goal of LMC is to provide manufacturers and importers with a simple method of marking by applying labels manually or using semi-automatic methods to goods produced in small series.
    LMCs for marking imported goods will be available outside of the Russian Federation and allow foreign manufacturers to order a label with a digital code if they do not have the necessary printing equipment installed.
    It is necessary to mention that goods labelling and marking centres are not opened by the Centre for the Development of Perspective Technologies. It is a free market, not regulated by an operator.
    Advantages of using LMC services:
    For Russian economic agents:
    • There is no need to conduct software integration and validation with Chestny ZNAK system.
    • The marking process is simple, but requires mandatory validation of the marking code after its application.
    • No need to acquire equipment for generation of marking codes with cryptographic protection.
    • Receiving a finished product label for marking or remarking goods that are produced or subject to remarking within the territory of the Russian Federation.
    For importers:
    • No need to acquire equipment for generation of marking codes with cryptographic protection.
    • No need to change the supplier of the finished product label.
    • The receipt of a finished product label is an existing business process.

  • Do foreign online stores have to mark their goods for Russian customers?

    If goods are purchased online from a foreign store for personal use, they do not have to be marked and can be delivered to a private person. If the person who purchased the goods for personal use plans to resell/transfer the goods for the purpose of sale to a legal entity, the goods must be given a marking code and introduced into circulation within the territory of the Russian Federation.

  • What is to be done with goods returned to the store by the buyer?

    If the buyer has returned goods with an undamaged marking code, then the goods are introduced into circulation again through the Personal Account in the Track & trace system (IS MP) with the old marking code.

    If the buyer has returned goods with a damaged marking code, the seller must assign a new code to the goods. This can be done by two methods:

    1) Order a code through the central office of a retail sales point by means of the recording system of the retail chain, and have a finished label or marking code delivered to the store to then be printed.

    2) The second method is to use a device developed on the basis of online cash registers to re-mark the products immediately at the retail sales point.

  • How will goods returned to store chains be accepted after 1 July 2019 if the returned goods were shipped before the introduction of the mandatory marking?

    The circulation and storage of unmarked goods will be illegal after 1 July 2019. The supplier must not accept them, because they will not meet the requirements of law.

  • Do the exhibition and experimental samples have to be marked?

    No, these groups of goods are not in circulation and are not subject to marking.

  • What browser should I use to work in the track & trace system for footwear (IS MP)?

    Any browser that supports JavaScript can be used to work with the Product Track & trace Information System (IS MP), including Internet Explorer 10, Safari 10, Chrome 66, Mozilla Firefox 59 and Opera 52. Or their newer versions.

  • I do not have an enhanced, encrypted and certified e-signature. How do I register in the footwear marking system (IS MP)?

    If you do not have an enhanced, encrypted and certified e-signature, you will need to contact one of the certification centres accredited with the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media. After receiving and installing the signature, you may register in the track & trace system. The list of certification centres accredited by the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of Russia is available on the Ministry’s website at: Telephone number of the inquiry service of the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media: +7 495 771-80-00, 8 800 222-15-01.

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  • How do I know when registration is complete, and I can start working in the Personal Account in the Track & trace IS?

    If the registration has been completed successfully, an email will be sent with the participant’s number and link to log into the Personal Account. Follow the link and start working in the Personal Account of the track & trace system.

  • My registration has been rejected. What do I do?

    The reason for rejection is stated in the notification of denial of registration in the Track & trace IS. Eliminate the cause of why you have been denied registration and repeat the registration process.

before the launch of mandatory marking on 1 July 2019
The experiment has been conducted since 1 June 2018

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Experiment completion date: 06/30/2019
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