In June 2015, the government of the Russian Federation announced a change in import formalities.



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The Russian Government (2015). ПОСТАНОВЛЕНИЕ ПРАВИТЕЛЬСТВА РФ ОТ 29 ИЮНЯ 2015 Г. N 644 "О ВНЕСЕНИИ ИЗМЕНЕНИЙ В ПЕРЕЧЕНЬ ТОВАРОВ, ЗАПРЕЩЁННЫХ К ПОМЕЩЕНИЮ ПОД ТАМОЖЕННУЮ ПРОЦЕДУРУ СВОБОДНОЙ ТАМОЖЕННОЙ ЗОНЫ В КАЛИНИНГРАДСКОЙ ОБЛАСТИ". (Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation of June 29, 2015 No. 644 "On introducing changes to the list of goods prohibited for placement under the customs procedure of a free customs zone in the Kaliningrad Region"). Available at

Inception date: 29 Jun 2015 | Removal date: open ended

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On 29 June 2015 the Russian Government approved Decree No. 644. It has removed building blocks, certain bricks of lightweight concrete , other articles of cement, concrete and artificial stone from eligibility for benefits under the "free customs zone" in the Kaliningrad region. As a consequence, they cannot be imported in the future without payment of import customs duties and VAT, which was the case before.
Decree No. 644 was motivated by the fact that since 2011 there has been an increase of imports into the territory of the Kaliningrad region of articles made from light concrete, mostly without payment of import customs duties and VAT under the customs procedure "free customs zone".
In Decree No. 644 it was also stated that the new state measure "will contribute to the creation of conditions in the Kaliningrad region for the organisation of production of construction materials, for the improving of the utilisation of existing facilities, and for the creation of new jobs."