Dealing with customs challenges in Russia

Taking the complexity out of customs

We see an increased demand for electronic data sharing such as advanced shipment notifications. Non-compliance could lead to severe penalties impacting your bottom-line results. One of our many customers was facing the following customs challenges in Russia:

  • Dealing with large quantities of non-systemized data
  • Multiple stages of customs processing, each requires information to be provided and duplicated in various formats, including on paper.
  • Lack of integration between the control functions of customs and tax authorities.
  • Legal security and the overall compliance of the operations

Thanks to our local teams of experts, we eliminated the complexity out of customs by offering a solution that helped them to address their challenges.

  • Own customs license in Russia in the last 20 years, DDP Compliant
  • A-class warehouses in several regions of Russia with own (asset-based logistics) and bonded warehouse in Saint Petersburg
  • Our experts have extensive regulatory knowledge. With 26 years’ experience in Russia, we have a deep knowledge of Russian and CIS specific requirements.
  • Full digitalization - Filling automatic data by making use of the latest EDI capabilities.

BENEFITS offered to the customer

  • Considerable time savings
  • Preparing required local customs documents
  • Decrease expenses and release cargo faster
  • Reducing the operational complexity, having more time to focus on core activities
  • Manage country-related risk and expand in new markets in an efficient and cost-effective way

What are the main issues and customs evolutions of the market in Russia today?

The first key point to mention is the full digitalization of 100% of the mandatory Customs operations for companies since 2014 in Russia. In addition to that, we are currently facing major changes in terms of customs regulations and customs practices:

  • Russia has just adopted the New Customs Codes of the Eurasian Economic Union at the beginning of 2018.
  • A new Federal Law on Customs Regulations came into force in 2018, significantly enhancing the customs controls to improve the collection of customs payments that provide approximately 50% of the Russian Federal Budget.
  • Russian customs authorities intend to centralize customs clearance operations into centers for electronic declarations, altogether, the number of customs clearance locations will be reduced from more than 400 customs points at the beginning 2018 to only 16 centers by 2020.