News

Relevant industry news from around the world

New Russian Customs Regulations

July 13, 2010

New Russian customs regulations are significantly affecting all expatriate shipments to Russia. Previously, household good shipments of non-Russian citizens employed in Russia cleared Russian Customs as temporary imports without paying duty. Duty-free temporary imports of household goods were in accordance with the validity terms of the respective Russian visa and were required to be re-exported prior to the visa’s expiration.

On July 7, 2010, a new law came into effect changing the items eligible for temporary importation. Below is the revised list of items still eligible for temporary importation:

JewelryTypewriters
Hygienic itemsBinoculars
Photo camerasMobile phones
Video cameras and accesoriesLaptops, notebooks, and accesories
Portable VCRPortable musical instruments
Slide projectorsBaby carriages
DVD playersChild seats (for cars)
Phonograph playersSporting goods
CD’s, DVD’sAir balloons
RadiosPets
TV’s (no larger than 42 cm diagonally)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All other items are subject to duty, including furniture, linen, decorative items, kitchenware, books, clothes, shoes, and all other normal household goods and personal effects.

Currently, duty is being assessed at EUR 4.00/gross kg. For example,

LBS.KGS.EST. EUREST. USD
4,0001,8147,257.689,144.68
6,0002,72210,886.5313,717.02
8,0003,62914,515.3718,289.36
10,0004,53618,144.2122,861.70
12,0005,44321,773.0527,434.05

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duties are paid on the day of import customs clearance to the bank account of customs authorities and will not be reimbursed.

We will keep you informed as more information becomes available.