Russian Import Duties

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Russian Import Duties
Russia levies customs duties on a large number of imports. (goods over railroads image by Alexander Petrari from Fotolia.com)

Russia is a major developing country that attracts tourists and businesses alike. Whether you want to import goods into Russia yourself or ship them via a courier service, you should be aware of the custom duties that are levied on many popular items a person is allowed to bring into the Russian Federation.

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Clothing

Textile and textile articles are subject to import duties levied by the customs of the Russian Federation. If you are bringing your personal belongings, their declared value should no exceed about £1,495; otherwise, they will be taxed at a rate ranging from 5 per cent to 30 per cent, depending on the type of the article of apparel being imported. For example, the duty on trousers is 20 per cent, but not less than 1 euro per kilo.

Precious Metals and Jewelry

Any precious metals (gold, silver, platinum) deemed by customs officials to be in excess of personal use is liable to a customs duty. The standard rate is 20 per cent. Irritation jewellery is also taxed at this rate, but not less than 4 euros per kilo.

Electronic Equipment

Electronic equipment--sound recorders and reproducers, accessories and similar articles, including laptops and photo cameras, if not intended for personal use or if its value exceeds £1,495--are subject to a customs duty of 5 per cent to 15 per cent of their value.

If you bring into Russia just one laptop or photo camera, no one will question whether it's for personal use. However, if you decide to bring several laptops or other electronic devices, customs official may think that you intend to resell them or use them for setting up an office (in the case of laptops), so you may have to pay the relevant duties (5 per cent to 15 per cent, depending on how the customs official will classify your electronic devices).

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