CUSTOMER MUST BE IN RUSSIA PRIOR TO ARRIVAL OF SHIPMENT.

Note: It cannot be overstated how important it is that all the below documentation is prepared and received by the destination agent before the shipment arrives in Russia. Should proper documentation need to be collected after the shipment has arrived, extra charges and delays are unavoidable.

(I) SURFACE SHIPMENTS

CUSTOMER TYPE

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

IMPORT DUTY

REMARKS

Diplomats (possessing a diplomatic card)

  • Copy of the diplomatic card;
  • Application for import from the embassy (sample will be provided by the destination agent).

Household items can be imported into Russia duty-free.

The customer has to arrive in Russia to obtain the diplomatic card. This process can take up to four weeks to complete.

Embassy workers that do not have the diplomatic card are treated by Russian customs as non-diplomats.

Foreign Journalists accredited with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Copy of the journalist’s card;
  • Copy of the first page of the customer’s passport;
  • Copy of the customer’s Russian multi-entry visa;
  • Russian Notarized Power of Attorney (sample will be provided by the destination agent);
  • Application for import from the employer (sample will be provided by the destination agent);
  • Application for import from the customer (sample will be provided by the destination agent);
  • Russian customs application form # 2 (sample will be provided by the destination agent).

Household goods can be imported into Russia duty-free under the temporary regime.

The customer has to arrive in Russia to obtain the journalist’s card. This process can take up to four weeks to complete.

The customer must complete a separate TD-10 customs form for his or her shipment, specifying the number of pieces in the appropriate box. The completed form has to be signed and stamped by a Russian customs officer at the border (see Appendix for a sample of the TD-10 customs form).

The temporary import permit will be issued for the duration of the customer’s visa. The customer will need to extend the permit every time he or she is issued a new visa.

Customs can levy a large fine on a person if his or her temporary permits falls overdue.

Foreign Nationals possessing a personal accreditation card

  • Copy of the accreditation card;
  • Copy of the first page of the customer’s passport;
  • Copy of the customer’s Russian multi-entry visa;
  • Russian Notarized Power of Attorney (sample will be provided by the destination agent);
  • Application for import from the employer (sample will be provided by the destination agent);
  • Application for import from the customer (sample will be provided by the destination agent);
  • Russian customs application form # 2 (sample will be provided by the destination agent).

Durable goods, e.g. furniture, household electronics, clothes, kitchenware, books etc., can be imported into Russia duty-free under the temporary regime.

Other items, e.g. foodstuffs, detergents etc. are subject to import duty.

The customer has to arrive in Russia to obtain the accreditation card. This process can take up to three months to complete.

The customer must complete a separate TD-10 customs form for his or her shipment, specifying the number of pieces in the appropriate box. The completed form has to be signed and stamped by a Russian customs officer at the border (see Appendix for a sample of the TD-10 customs form).

The temporary import permit will be issued for the duration of the customer’s visa. The customer will need to extend the permit every time he or she is issued a new visa.

Customs can levy a large fine on a person if his or her temporary permits falls overdue.

Russian customs have the right to inspect the entire contents of the customer’s shipment, which can result in extra terminal handling and storage charges because the shipment will have to be unloaded into bonded storage.

Foreign Nationals not possessing a personal accreditation card

  • Copy of the first page of the customer’s passport;
  • Copy of the customer’s Russian multi-entry visa;
  • Russian Notarized Power of Attorney (sample will be provided by the destination agent);
  • Application for import from the employer (sample will be provided by the destination agent);
  • Application for import from the customer (sample will be provided by the destination agent);
  • Russian customs application form # 2 (sample will be provided by the destination agent).

All items are subject to import duty.

The customer must complete a separate TD-10 customs form for his or her shipment, specifying the number of pieces in the appropriate box. The completed form has to be signed and stamped by a Russian customs officer at the border (see Appendix for a sample of the TD-10 customs form).

Russian customs have the right to inspect the entire contents of the customer’s shipment, which can result in extra terminal handling and storage charges because the shipment will have to be unloaded into bonded storage.

Russian Citizens qualifying for duty-free import

  • Copy of the customer’s passport (pages containing the customers photograph and entry/exit customs stamps);
  • Copy of the customer’s internal Russian passport;
  • Copy of the customer’s foreign visa;
  • Russian Notarized Power of Attorney (sample will be provided by the destination agent);
  • Application for import from the employer (sample will be provided by the destination agent);
  • Application for import from the customer (sample will be provided by the destination agent);
  • Russian customs application form # 2 (sample will be provided by the destination agent).

The customer can import the first US$ 5000.00 worth of used household goods duty-free.

The remaining items are subject to import duty.

In order to qualify for duty-free import, the customer must meet the following criteria:

  • The customer must prove that his or her continuous period of living outside Russia exceeds six months. Russian customs will check border stamps in the customer’s passport to see whether he or she came to Russia in the past six months, which would disqualify the latter from duty-free import;
  • The customer must complete a separate TD-10 customs form for his or her shipment, specifying the number of pieces in the appropriate box. The completed form has to be signed and stamped by a Russian customs officer at the border (see Appendix for a sample of the TD-10 customs form).

Failure to comply with either of the above requirements will disqualify the customer from duty-free import.

Russian customs require that the the destination agent customs broker show them the customer’s original passport.

In order to ensure the declared value of the customer’s shipment is correct, Russian customs have the right to inspect the entire contents of the customer’s shipment, which can result in extra terminal handling and storage charges because the shipment will have to be unloaded into bonded storage. Besides, the shipment value can be re-assessed following the customs inspection.

Russian Citizens not qualifying for duty-free import

  • Copy of the customer’s passport (pages containing the customers photograph and entry/exit customs stamps);
  • Copy of the customer’s internal Russian passport;
  • Copy of the customer’s foreign visa;
  • Russian Notarized Power of Attorney (sample will be provided by the destination agent);
  • Application for import from the employer (sample will be provided by the destination agent);
  • Application for import from the customer (sample will be provided by the destination agent);
  • Russian customs application form # 2 (sample will be provided by the destination agent).

All items are subject to import duty.

The customer must complete a separate TD-10 customs form for his or her shipment, specifying the number of pieces in the appropriate box. The completed form has to be signed and stamped by a Russian customs officer at the border (see Appendix for a sample of the TD-10 customs form).

 

All import customs documents need to be filled out in Russian and will be provided by the destination agent when the customer arrives in Russia. The customer does not need to have the customs documents at origin.

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(III) IMPORT DUTY

 

First 200 kg of chargeable weight

4.00 Euro per kg

Subtotal is exempt from Russian VAT.

Remaining Weight

The import duty rate varies between 1 and 2 Euro per kg depending on the contents of the shipment.

Subtotal is subject to Russian VAT (20%).

 

Import duty estimate: in order to estimate import duty amount, the Moscow office needs to receive a copy of the shipment inventory and know the exact shipment weight.

Payment method: the destination agent can prepay the import duty on the customer’s behalf in most cases. The booking agent needs to confirm the party responsible for the import duty prior to final delivery.

 

(IV) ARTWORK REGISTRATION

Certain items are classed as "items of cultural value" by Russian customs and are necessary to register for import. These items include:

  • Paintings;
  • Hand-made carpets;
  • Musical instruments (except for electrical ones);
  • Samovars (except for electrical ones);
  • Icons;
  • Collectibles (stamps, postcards, coins etc.);
  • Any items over 50 years old.

In order to register the customer’s artwork, the destination agent requires two color photographs of each item and a list specifying the following information:

  • Item name and description;
  • Date and place of manufacture;
  • Date and place of purchase;
  • Dimensions (paintings and carpets only).

The above documentation needs to be sent to the destination agent before the shipment arrives in Russia.  If the customer has such items, they should consult with the destination agent to ensure documentation is completed correctly.

 

 

(V)  MOTOR VEHICLES

Diplomats may import a vehicle duty free.  Non-diplomats must pay import duties when importing a vehicle.  For specific requirements regarding importation of vehicles, please contact the destination agent office.

 

TD-10 Customs Form

IMPORTANT:

TD-10 form needs to be completed by all non-diplomatic customers.

A separate TD-10 customs form has to be filled out prior to the customer’s arrival in Russia.

When passing Russian customs at the airport, the customer has to proceed to RED CHANNEL. The customer needs to ask the Russian Customs officer to sign and stamp the TD-10 form.

Customer must have a copy of the shipment inventory handy when he or she passes the Russian customs checkpoint at the airport of entry. Russian customs can ask to see the shipment inventory before approving the customs TD-10 form.