ANNOUNCEMENT 28 Oct 2014In October 2014, the government of the Russian Federation announced a change in import duties.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
: - 500
In Rossiyskaya Gayeta, an official newspaper of the Russian Government, Issue 6518 of 28 October 2014*, Mr Ulyukaev, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, announced that the duty-free e-commerce limit will be set at 500 EUR. The question had been debated between the Ministry of Finance, proposing the limit to be set at 150 EUR, and the Ministry of Economic Development, proposing the limit to be set at 500 EUR. Previously, goods of foreign e-shops were subject to duties if their value surpassed 1000 EUR or their monthly weight 31 kg.
In the same source, Mr Ulyukaev comments this measure as follows:
'If one looks at the dynamics of the online purchases, one can see that parcels with value above 500 EUR, or 2 per cent of all shipments, account for 30 per cent of the value of the sales. It is assessed that business 'purchases' start above this limit. And it is absolutely unclear why it should be exempted from custom duties if it receives goods from abroad by mail'.
* This date is reported as an inception date because no official source could be found.