ANNOUNCEMENT 20 Mar 2018
On 20 March 2018, the Russian Government modified the list of equipment not produced in Russia and, hence, eligible for VAT-free imports.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
Government of the Russian Federation, Resolution Dated March 20, 2018 N 307 "About Changes in Some Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation for the Purpose of the Utilization of Codes of a Single Commercial Nomenclature Foreign Economic Activity of the Eurasian Economic Union", http://www.consultant.ru/cons/cgi/online.cgi?rnd=ACAA1104DAA844098AB489133D31DA5D&req=doc&base=LAW&n=293896&dst=100245&fld=134&REFFIELD=134&REFDST=1000000029&REFDOC=319455&REFBASE=LAW&stat=refcode%3D19827%3Bdstident%3D100245%3Bindex%3D31#2kal76s3jcc
On 20 March 2018, the Russian Government amended the list of equipment not produced in Russia and eligible for VAT-free imports. While most of the amendments reflected an updated EEU Common External Tariff, for three tariff lines, the effective VAT-free imports for specific manufacturers were discontinued.
Since customs officials are instructed to refer both to the tariff line and product description when applying the VAT waiver, the List functions as a positive list (only listed pieces of equipment classify). Therefore, these amendments should be seen as a discontinuation of the above firm-specific waivers, presumably because similar equipment is now produced in Russia.
Although Russia is in a customs union with the EEU states, the measure is introduced by the Russian Government and only applies to imports into Russia.
The legislation does not mention the effective date of implementation, but the most widely used legal database Consultant.Ru lists 30 March 2018 as the inception date.