As the Moscow Times reports, starting from August 14th Russia will no longer recognize a UN convention that established an international customs transit system aimed at speeding up the movement of goods, raising the specter of new import hassles at customs.
Customs officials have not explained the rationale behind the decision. In a statement announcing the decision, the Federal Customs Service wrote that the Association of International Road Carriers (ASMAP) had failed to meet its obligations to pay promised customs duties, with its debt rising of 20 million rubles today.
TIR/Carnet simplifies customs procedures by allowing goods to be sealed in the country of origin and to only pass through customs again in the country of destination. Russia’s withdrawal from the convention will mean that companies will have to produce an original certificate showing that they have paid customs at the border and will no longer be able to provide an electronic declaration.
Obviously this decision will affect importers during the high season, September to October which may lead to prices increase as well as to delivery delays.
Please be guided accordingly. Contact RCL for help with your shipping needs to Russia!