Country Guide: Russia

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Updated: November 23, 2015

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport
  • Packing list
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Detailed inventory, including photos and values for all objects of art
  • Customs Declaration Form for unaccompanied baggage stamped and signed by Customs at the time of shipper’s arrival
  • Letter of Employment on company letterhead to the Russian authorities (Diplomat letter must be on Embassy letterhead)
  • Copy of Visa (accredited individuals)
  • Copy of Accreditation Card (accredited individuals)
  • Copy of Diplomatic Passport (Diplomats)
  • Copy of Diplomatic Visa (Diplomats)
  • Copy of Diplomatic Card (Diplomats)
  • Customs Declaration Form is required for unaccompanied baggage, stamped and signed by Customs at the airport upon arrival of the shipper (non-accredited individuals).
  • Work Permit (non-accredited individuals)
  • Registration with the police department (non-accredited individuals)

 

Specific Information

  • Customs duty is 4 EUR per kg (gross) for all non-diplomatic shipments. For returning Russian citizens, the first 31 kg is exempt from Customs duties and taxes.
  • All in-bound non-diplomatic shipments are subject to the payment of Customs duties and taxes calculated based on the costs, insurance and freight (CIF) value of the shipment.
  • All shipments are subject to issuance of a Customs Declaration for each Harmonized System code (HS code).  The cost of the Customs Declaration will be determined during the Customs clearance process.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original Technical Passport
  • OBL / AWB
  • Original Customs Declaration
  • Pro-forma Invoice
  • Purchase document
  • Employment confirmation letter (foreigners)

 

Specific Information

  • The Customs Declaration is necessary to register the vehicle with the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Certificate of Vaccination
  • Veterinary Health Certificate
  • Pet Passport

 

Specific Information

  • Veterinary Health Certificate must be issued no more than 10 days within arrival of pet.
  • Permission from the Veterinary Department of the Ministry of Agriculture is required for all animals except cats and dogs.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Wine and spirits (2 L)
  • Arms and ammunition
  • Precious jewelry, stones, medicines and currency can be imported only as accompanied baggage and must be declared with Customs authorities at the time of shipper’s arrival.

Prohibited Items

  • Weapons of all kinds
  • Pornography
  • Narcotics
  • Toxic and radioactive materials
  • Flora and fauna objects
  • Technical / receiving apparatus which operate with frequency higher than 9 KHz

Consignment Instructions

Recommended:  Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

 

IAM Note:  Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability. 

 

Helpful Website(s):

http://www.state.gov/p/eur/ci/rs

http://www.russianembassy.com/new-york

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.