Frequently asked questions (FAQ):
FAQ: What is the declaration? In short: every cargo arriving to Russia should be cleared through customs before being handed over to the consignee. Clearance could be done at the customs of entry (on the Russian border, St.Petersburg port being a good example of such) or at the local customs of consignee somewhere in middle Russia, in the latter case the cargo should be carried there from the point of entry in transit. This clearance process document wise is accompanied by various documents, the major of which is the declaration. Declaration reads the summary of all the information on the cargo and consignee and is issued electronically by brokers of consignee (us, Transit). The customs inspector checks all details of declaration, collects charges due and releases the cargo if all fine.
FAQ: Could a consignee clear cargo on his own without any broker? Yes, there should be consignees who dare do it themselves, but we never met them, since it requires software, trained personnel, expertise and god knows what else. So, all reasonable companies when weighing pros and cons choose customs brokers for such service.
FAQ: How can I calculate the customs charges in Russia? If you will forward to us sample of invoice or packing list or at least a manual for your machine/goods, etc, we will tell you under which commodity code this cargo falls and how it is levied. So we could make at least rough calculation for you.
FAQ: May I import the cargo into Russia and pay duties to the customs later on when I sell the goods? Simply: no, money comes first.
FAQ: What I can and what I cannot import to Russia? Like every country, Russia has set its own limitations to import, some cargoes will need licenses, some veterinary certification, some are under sanctions. Trade marks are protected. So, check first with us and then send.