The Russian Customs Service has extended the use of the TIR Carnet till 14 September 2013. This was announced by the Customs Service last week. Until then, goods may continue to be imported according to the current TIR procedure. As we reported earlier, the TIR system was scheduled to be stopped on 14 August because of alleged irregularities.
In early July the Federal Customs Service of Russia advised via its website that on 14 August 2013 the conditions for the application of the TIR system in Russia will be changed. The current rules were adopted in the Convention on the International Transport of Goods which was agreed upon in 1975.
The Customs Service cited financial difficulties on the part of ASMAP (Russian Association of International Freight Forwarders) as the reason for the suspension of the current procedure. The ASMAP that monitors the TIR procedure in Russia, however, denies the allegations.
If the current TIR use is suspended, the extra obligations to importers have serious consequences for road haulage operators.
We will continue to monitor this situation and will advise as further information becomes available. Please contact our office for any questions you have about shipping into Russia.