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      Export to Russia - Russian Federation customs policies and GOST-R certification

      Ive done export but I just dont know what Im doing when it comes to Russia. Ive done the US gov. business survey; have a general export plan; am working on making contacts in the Russian market, researching, and building a marketing plan (such as I can); have a general idea as to risk, and still need to visit the market. I know what I need to do for export, I just need a hand navigating the RFs customs policy.
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      Exporting to Russia is all about preparation. Even in the post-Communist Russian Federation, bureaucracy is immense, and customs procedure is lengthy and detail-oriented. That said, Russia’s borders are relatively open (as compared to, say, China), and as long as you dot every single i and cross every last t, you should be solid.
      Make sure the first t crossed is obtaining your GOST-R certification. In this regard, you’ll be dealing with the Russian Governmental Standards Organization (aka GOSSTANDART). There are other customs organizations able to provide certification, but only within their narrow field of focus (Grocery branches can’t certify for pyrotechnics, for example).
      That said, you might run into a backlog with GOSSTANDART, and find it necessary to deal with specialist branches in order to get your stuff processed in a sane amount of time.
      There are some goods you’ll need to be careful with, but these aren’t much different from the major nations. Here’s a table of them, with the necessary permits and licenses:

      Type of goodsType of license and issuing state authority of Russia
      Weapons and ammunition to such weaponsPermit, Ministry of Internal Affairs
      Radio electronic means (radio telephones, satellite communication systems, radio stations, and etc.). Except for portable radio stations (radio telephones) and Federal and regional cellular circuits imported into the territory of the Russian Federation temporarilyPermit, State Communications Supervision Authority under the auspices of the Ministry of Communications of Russia
      Sturgeon roe in the amount exceeding 250 g (in factory packaging)License, Ministry of Economical Development of Russia
      All types of sturgeon fish and products made of sturgeon fishLicense, Ministry of Economical Development of Russia


      I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume you’re not planning to “export” narcotics, pornography, or printed material/photographs/film intended for fascist propaganda or directed against the Russian Federation... because those are illegal in the new Russia.

      Consider the climate of a post-Soviet country when filling-out the profile paperwork for each of the items you plan to export, and be very explicit in those descriptions. As I said above, the customs investigation can be lengthy and detailed, and so any amount of detailing you can do ahead of time will save you time and money further along the road. The less chance you have of surprising a customs official, the less likely he is to surprise you with closed borders.

      General products that draw mandatory GOST R certification include (but are likely not limited to)--

      ● Building products
      ● Machine-building industrial products
      ● Products involved in the electro-technical industry
      ● Products of electronic and instrument-making industries
      ● Agricultural products and foodstuffs
      ● Medical equipment
      ● Light industry goods
      ● Goods of raw and woodworking industries
      ● Biological preparations from the veterinary trade
      ● Individual-level respiratory aids and protection
      ● Packaging products
      ● Pyrotechnics and pyrotechnic equipment

      In general, anything put in one’s mouth, applied to the hair or body, used in the household, or produced as a staple industry in the Russian Federation requires certification (all consumer goods, and more besides). It is therefore in your absolute best interest to go into this assuming everything you want to export to Russia will require certification, and be prepared for the extensive screening process typical of GOST-R certification.

      In this leg of your effort, you’ll be dealing with the GOSSTANDART. Samples of your product may be required for lab tests, et al. All production and other facilities will be examined to verify they meet Russian standards.

      Virtually everything you’ll want to export into Russia will require Accordance Certificates, and, like most procedure, will require fairly in-depth examination. Do keep in mind that International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certificates are NOT SUFFICIENT DOCUMENTATION according to Russian Federation standards.

      As in all things involving government bureaucracy, international relations, and market health, these regulations/exceptions/whatever are protean and subject to change at in a relative eye-blink. Keep in contact with your Russian Federation market and customs contact, and communicate regularly with the GOSSTANDART.
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      Thank you for the amazing job. Appreciate it, honestly. Does anyone about have any other insights they could share on exporting to Russia?

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      The Russia of President Dmitry Mevedev is still expanding from the realization of “unused capacity” long left ignored during the negative-growth of the 90s. I suppose people were too busy attempting to rebuild their government in those days. Go figure. There was a massive shift from metal and hydrocarbons to timber and agriculture in the first decade of this century, and it’s continuing today.

      The Russian consumer culture is likewise a massive growth market. Keep in mind, the Russian consumer, by and large, is only now lurching towards 20 years old. Though it’s certainly toned down from the buying frenzy witnessed in the early 90s, the market is hungry for everything from pop music, movies, video games, toys, and pretty much anything else you can imagine. As Green devil pointed out, pay attention and leave nothing to chance. Keep your eyes open and disclose everything.

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      Export to Russia - Russian Federation customs policies and GOST-R certification

      We have been exporting farm equipment to Russia for a couple of years. I can suggest you to use CustomsUnion.ru. That is a link to custom duty quotes so it can be relatively easy to estimate how much you are going to spend. Don't forget about 18% Sales Tax. Your customer has to pay it also.

      Let me know if you have any questions regarding that.

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      Russia

      I am Russian and I can tell it's quite hard to get through the customs there unless you know someone. If you want to do it the clean way it can be a lot of hussle and cost too much but there are many companies out there that can do all the work for you, their prices differ. You can find them on internet if you know Russian!

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      Where about in Russia are you?

      Try some of these companies, most f them are in Moscow or St Petersburg. As for how much they charge, it will depends on many factors,for cosmetics there is a lot of paperwork and quality certificates involved,therefore comes out quite pricey.It should be easier with clothes busness I suppose. You can do an online quote or send a request ,they will ask you quite a bit of inofrmation on the goods so be prepared .

      Hope this helps!

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      this is just an example of what information you would need to provide to a company like this to start with
      СВЕДЕНИЯ О ТОВАРЕ
      - Наименование товара по каждой товарной позиции поставки
      - Область применения, назначение
      - Материал, состав
      - Модель, артикул, торговая марк
      - Код ТНВЭД (если известен)
      - Вес брутто, кг
      - Вес нетто, кг
      - Объем 10.Кол-во грузовых мест
      - Вид упаковки (паллетыкоробки рулоны канистры и тд)
      - Кол-во единиц (шт, м, м2, пар, пог. м, л и т.п.)
      - Размер, плотность, мощность, производительность и т.д.
      - Полное наименование производителя, страна, адрес
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      Thank you very much! Now I have a list of companies to choose from!

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