- Customs clearance occurs, and all duties and taxes are paid, before goods are released to a purchaser/consumer. Payment can be made either before products cross into Russia, or in advance of them leaving designated warehouses.
- Responsibility for paying customs duties and taxes always falls on the purchaser, and all relevant documentation must be prepared and presented for customs clearance.
- A slightly different clearance procedure is followed depending upon whether a parcel is carried by the Russian Post or a commercial carrier.
- Certain categories of goods, e.g. shampoos, will require additional documentation in order to be imported into Russia.
- Russian customs operate sophisticated risk management systems, which fully comply with the standards set by the European Union.
CUSTOMS DE MINIMIS THRESHOLD
- If the total value of a parcel is less than EUR 1,000, and its full weight does not exceed 31 kg, the package will be exempt from custom duties.
- This exception only applies where the total value of online purchases received by a customer during any one month does not exceed a limit of EUR 1,000 or 31 kg.
- If this value of EUR 1,000 is exceeded, a customs duty of 30% becomes payable on the amount exceeding this limit, and any packages above the weight of 31kg (in combined monthly purchases) will be charged a duty rate of EUR 4 per additional kg.
- Where a customer’s monthly orders exceed both maximum weight and value, a greater charge is applied.
NB Other considerations and procedures apply to B2B customs clearance in Russia. Please seek appropriate advice.
Costs and timeframes differ depending upon the logistics partner selected. Though the Russian Post holds a natural monopoly in Russia, it is reputed to suffer from significant shortcomings and does not meet world service and delivery time standards. The Russian Post does, however, offer the greatest territorial coverage.
That said, there are a whole host of alternative providers offering a variety of services to meet your specific needs.