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About us    ·   Our advantages    ·  


Macro context    ·    Key trends    ·    


Tips for exporters    ·   Customs policy   ·   Import restrictions    ·    Customs duties    ·    Temporary import relief    ·    Customs duties incentives    ·   Documentation and procedures    ·    Warehousing and storage Re-export    ·   


We represent the Russian company “Pribory-si" (SI instuments) aimed at stimulation of the development of the civilized market of measuring instruments, promoting the highest quality and innovative products which meet the requirements of international standards.

At present, Russia is implementing a program of shifting the economy to an innovative way of development. With this respect a large variety of industries are all in urgent need of modern measuring devices, measuring systems and testing equipment.

In this connection we feel the need and the opportunity to reach a new level in cooperation with leading manufacturers of measuring instruments, which are not yet represented in the Russian market.


We have 6 years of experience in the field of metrology

Our work is highly appreciated by the state's largest and most prestigious organization of practical metrology Russia - FBU «Rostest-Moscow»

We have a large client base of the largest purchasers of measuring machines in Russia and CIS countries

We have practical experience of inclusion of measuring instruments in the state register and passing all the previous stages


Macro context


GDP in Russia is expected to be 1176.00 USD Billion by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the Russia GDP is projected to trend around 2143.25 USD Billion in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Capacity Utilization in Russia increased to 62 percent in October from 60 percent in September of 2015. Capacity Utilization in Russia averaged 54.80 percent from 1995 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 65 percent in June of 2008 and a record low of 38 percent in March of 1997. Capacity Utilization in Russia is reported by the Federal State Statistics Service.



Manufacturing PMI in Russia increased to 50.2 in October of 2015 from 49.1 in September and above market forecasts. It is the first growth since December 2014, as output expanded at the fastest pace in 11 months and new orders grew for the second straight month. Despite small job losses in October, backlogs of work fell the most in nine months. Manufacturing PMI in Russia averaged 50.22 from 2011 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 53.20 in May of 2012 and a record low of 47.60 in January of 2015. Manufacturing PMI in Russia is reported by Markit Economics.


Russia Capital Flows Forecast

Capital Flows in Russia is expected to be 5127.87 USD Million by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Capital Flows in Russia to stand at 3541.56 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Russia Capital Flows is projected to trend around -8606.00 USD Million in 2020, according to our econometric models.



  • Up to 2014 economic situation improved a lot
  • Rate of unemployment in very low
  • Later December 2014 International rating agency S&P decreased Russian credit rating to junk status for first time in five years. Decrease was caused by the country’s reduced flexibility to cut interest rates and a weakening of the financial system, due to collapsing oil price, the tumbling value of the rouble and sanctions imposed because of situation with Ukraine.
  • Russian annual inflation rate decreased to 15.6 percent in October of 2015 from 15.7 percent in the previous month. The highest rate was 16,9 in March 2015.


The global analytical instrumentation market to grow at a CAGR of 6.11% over the period 2014-2019.

The trend of buyers requiring customized analytical instruments is set to change the market landscape over the forecast period, making difficult to sell standardized instruments. The increasing number of contract laboratories is also gaining popularity, particularly in APAC, which is expect to support market growth.



  • If goods are exported or imported between a foreign company and a Russian company, the Russian company is usually responsible for the customs clearance
  • In order to import goods into Russia and clear them through customs, an importer has to make all customs payments due under the chosen customs regime and comply with other requirements in customs legislation (e.g. certification requirements)*
  • The import of certain goods (e.g. high frequency and encryption equipment, etc.) requires licenses
  • Russia has several special economic zones (SEZ) offering customs benefits


* according to the Decision of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission on November 23, 2012 № 102

The original document is in Russian. It is published on the official web of Russia customs.
Also you can see more information on this web.

Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia,

Regional service for certification and testing


Russia’s customs policy has recently seen several developments:

  • Areduction in the customs duty on technological equipment imports;
  • Simplification of customs clearance;
  • Tighter customs control after the customs clearance of goods;
  • Further customs integration between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan in the creation of the Single Economic Space, as well as further cooperation and more extensive integration of the member countries’ legislation;
  • Overall reduction of trade barriers for goods and services thanks to Russia’s WTO accession.


  • Certain imports to Russia require permits, certification (e.g. of conformity, sanitation), licences and other types of authorisation, for which applications should be filed with the customs authorities during the customs clearance.
  • Russia imposes an anti-dumping duty on certain goods (e.g. metal pipes originating from Ukraine).


Classification of goods

The Customs Union’s tariff classification system, which is currently applied in Russia, is based on the internationally recognised and used Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System.

Valuation rules

Customs valuation in Russia is in line with GATT/WTO principles. The customs value of a good is generally equivalent to the DAF/Customs Union border transaction value.

Free trade agreements

Russia has adopted free trade agreements with countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), as well as some other countries (Serbia, Montenegro).
Goods originating from these countries (e.g. Ukraine) are exempt from customs duty for import to Russia (subject to certain conditions). Furthermore, Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan have formed a Customs Union, and goods moving within and between these countries are generally not subject to customs clearance.

Excise tax

Certain categories of goods are subject to excise tax for import to Russia (e.g. alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, etc.). The excise tax rates are usually specific (i.e. based on the volume, weight or other characteristics).


Import duty is applicable to most goods. Most customs duty rates in Russia are ad valorem (i.e. they factor in a percentage of the goods’ customs value). There are also specific duties for certain types of imports, calculated by volume, weight or quantity. Some duties have a combined rate where the two approaches are incorporated and, thus, the tax base may vary.
Base customs duty rates vary widely, from 100% but not less than EUR 2 per litre on spirits to zero for some printed materials and certain priority imports. For instance, the zero duty is applicable to a wide range of equipment
and machinery. On average, duty rates fall between 5%
and 20% of the customs value of goods. Base rates specified in the law are applicable for countries with Most Favoured Nation status. Certain raw materials and handmade goods from “developing” and “least developed” countries may be imported at 75% of the base rates or zero rates, respectively. Goods originating in other countries are subject to duty
at double the base rates.
The following goods are exempt from customs duty:

  • transit goods;
  • goods imported by individuals for personal use (worth no more than EUR 1,500 [EUR 10,000 for individuals travelling by air] and weighing less than 50 kg);
  • cultural valuables;
  • means of transport involved in the international movement of goods and passengers;
  • humanitarian aid; and some other items.

Import VAT

The import VAT rate for most goods is 18% of the customs value, inclusive of customs duty and excise tax (if any). Food, certain types of children’s goods and a limited selection of other goods may be subject to 10% or 0% VAT.

Customs processing fees

Customs processing fees are in place as a flat fee and vary from around EUR 13 to EUR 750 per customs declaration depending on the customs value of the goods. Goods declared electronically are subject to reduced rates for customs processing (25% reduction).


Customs payments are generally made before or during the submission of declarations to the customs authorities.


Goods may be imported under a temporary import customs regime, normally for up to two years. This is usually permitted if it is possible to identify the goods upon their re-export. Temporary importation requires the permission of the customs authorities. Upon expiry of the temporary importation
period, goods are moved out of Russia or placed under another customs regime (e.g. released for free circulation).

Temporary importation requires periodic customs payments of 3% per month of the total customs payments due if the goods have been imported for free circulation. When the goods are exported, these customs payments are not refunded. Customs can require a security (e.g. in the form of a deposit, pledge, bank guarantee, etc.) for customs payments.

Goods qualifying as fixed assets for production purposes may be admitted and subject to a 3% monthly customs payment for a temporary import period of 34 months, if the Russian user has yet to obtain property rights (e.g. for leasing). Temporarily imported goods can only be used by importers who have obtained customs’ permission for temporary importation. However, transferring such temporarily imported goods to other company is possible as long as the authorisation of the customs authorities has been obtained.


VAT exemption

VAT exemption is also available for imported technological equipment. The Russian government has approved a list of equipment eligible for VAT exemption.


Goods imported into Russia for processing may be placed under an inward processing (IPR) procedure (subject to certain conditions).
Under IPR, goods (e.g. raw materials) imported for processing are eligible for full exemption from customs duty and import VAT, as long as the processed/finished goods
are subsequently moved out of Russia within a timeframe approved by the customs authorities. Export customs duty is not charged on exporting finished goods out of Russia.
IPRs must be authorised by the customs authorities.
In addition, only a Russian company may apply for an IPR.

Special economic zones

A number of special economic zones (SEZ) with a free customs regime have been established in Russia. Foreign goods usually imported to and used within an SEZ are eligible for exemption from import customs duty and VAT. When foreign goods or products from their processing
are subsequently released into free circulation to the rest of Russia, import customs duty and VAT are payable.
Duty-free import from a SEZ to the rest of Russia is usually not available for SEZ residents who have registered after
1 January 2012. If the goods manufactured in a particular SEZ are exported to foreign countries, they are subject to export duty, if applicable. Foreign goods that were imported into the SEZ but not processed may be re- exported without paying export customs duty.


Registration of importers and exporters

There is no established procedure for registering importers and exporters with the customs authorities. However, in practice, certain documents may be required by customs prior to import (charter documents, tax registration certificates, etc.).


Customs Union regulations establish a comprehensive list of documents required for customs clearance. In practice, the set of documents for submission to the customs authorities may vary depending on the character of imported/exported goods, conditions of the transaction, etc.

Customs value declarations

The customs value of imported goods is declared in a declaration form in which the customs value must be properly supported by the appropriate documents. The list of documents may vary depending on the terms of a particular transaction. While Customs Union regulations provide a general list of documents required to confirm the declared customs value, the list is not exhaustive.
If the customs authorities disagree with the customs value declared by an importer, they may adjust it.


Goods that are subject to customs control (e.g. imported goods that have yet to clear customs) can be stored temporarily at special warehouses before being released by the customs authorities. Although the storage period should not exceed two months, an importer can request that the customs authorities extend it up to four months.

Warehouses for temporary storage are usually located near customs offices.


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