Import, customs, certification

We offer import, customs and certification and services  in RussiaKazakhstanBelarus and Ukraine. Click on the country to learn more.

SCHNEIDER GROUP offers import services into the Eurasian Economic Union and Ukraine

Import, customs handling and certification in Russia

Our services entail the complete handling of the logistic chain and product certification. We support companies in the import process by taking over complete handling of the logistic chain, product certification, preparation of export documents, registration at the customs office, electronic customs clearance and delivery to the final customer or to our client’s warehouse.

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Imports to Russia

Import, customs handling and certification

Imports to Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Ukraine are associated with high requirements regarding the preparation of delivery and transport documents, and for a smooth import process it is essential to provide accurate documentation which is compliant with local requirements and local import regulations. It does not matter whether goods are being imported from Germany or the United States – the professional coordination and effective communication between the exporter, importer and transport companies are the basis of a successful import processing.

To understand what conformity documents are necessary for your product, the Russian customs tariff number has to be determined on the basis of the goods description. For the certification itself, a legal entity of member states of the Eurasian Economic Union has to be the applicant in order to submit the application with all the necessary information as well as to provide samples for the testing of the products. A certification service provider can also act as an applicant on behalf (on the basis of the power of attorney) of a foreign producer.

In accordance with Customs Union Code, only a legal entity of member states of the EEU can submit an import declaration for the customs clearance. To prepare the documents for the customs clearance, the EEU customs tariff numbers have to be determined as well as all product descriptions in native language of member states of the EEU. These documents have to be provided to customs together with all commercial documents (invoice, contract etc.) and the import declaration. It can be done by an in-house-declarant (import specialist), a customs broker (who usually requires all the documents already prepared in native language) or an import service provider (who usually takes care of the documents preparation as well as logistics handling).

If the client in EEU does not want to deal with customs clearance, you can request the service of a technical distributor by an import service provider. In this case the technical distributor purchases your goods, imports them in their own name and sells them to your client in EEU.

The advantage of exporting into the EEU is a common customs territory (free trade of goods without customs duties within the union), as well as united customs tariffs, common customs codes and unified non-tariff regulations.

To learn more about what else should be considered when exporting to the EEU and Ukraine, how to profit from the EEU market without committing substantial investments, whether or not your business has export opportunities and how to get all the benefits of a local office without registering a company, please address our Import Department experts.

Imports to Russia

Our services entail the complete handling of the logistic chain and product certification. When talking about the import of goods into Russia, we are referring to transactions between a foreign seller and a Russian buyer. Import regulations of Russia and the Customs Union specify that the buyer is always fully responsible for customs clearance procedures, carrying out the role of the importer. The legal entity, in whose name customs clearance is taking place, is officially called the “declarant”. Even if a licensed customs representative, better known as a customs broker, takes over the customs formalities, the clearing process will nevertheless be carried out in the name of the declarant.

We take over the complete handling of the import process

Imports to Russia are associated with high requirements regarding the preparation of delivery and transport documents, as for a smooth import process it is essential to provide accurate documentation which is compliant with local requirements and Russian import regulations.

It does not matter whether goods are being imported from Germany or the United States – the professional coordination and effective communication between exporter, importer and transport companies are the basis of successful import processing.

Imports to Russia – What we offer

Our import services can be individually combined to meet the needs of each client and range from

  • general consulting services,
  • assistance in the preparation of export documents and
  • logistics in Russia to
  • electronic customs clearance for your Russian subsidiary.

Customs Clearance in Russia

Registration at the customs office

Customs clearance is a key factor when importing goods into Russia and thus has major temporal and financial impacts. A thorough documentary check must be carried out in advance to avoid problems, particularly when preparing delivery and transport documents. The optimization of customs handling is essential for successfully importing goods into Russia.

Special preparation is required for the import of goods between affiliated companies. For imports between non-related companies, the invoice is usually sufficient as a main source for the calculation of the customs value. But for imports between affiliated companies, Russian customs requires additional confirmation of the value of goods in the form of a price-list stamped by the Chamber of Commerce of the exporter’s country, the export declaration and the official order confirmation.

The situation becomes more complicated when the exporting company is selling not only to its subsidiary but also to other distributors in the Customs Union. In this case, different prices for identical products are registered in the customs database, with the price for the subsidiary usually being the lowest. This kind of pricing policy often leads to corrections to the customs value and delays in customs clearance, if not previously taken into account and properly prepared.

Customs Clearance in Russia: What we offer

SCHNEIDER GROUP can help you to import goods into Russia and offers the following services:

  • Customs clearance for your Russian subsidiary
    • Electronic customs clearance and registration of electronic signature
    • Registration at the customs office
    • Coordination of the logistics chain
    • Development of warehousing and logistics concept
    • Delivery to the customer / warehouse in the Customs Union
  • DDP service
    • Import and customs clearance in our name
    • Administrative Management (contracts, business passport, shipping documents, payments)
    • Coordination of the logistics chain from your warehouse to the customer in the Customs Union
    • Payments to the customs authorities (customs duties, import tax and customs fee)
  • Customs value analysis

Electronic customs clearance in Russia

SCHNEIDER GROUP can take over the entire customs clearance process in Russia, including electronic customs clearance of goods and registration of the electronic signature.

In the last decade, the Russian Federation, and afterwards the Customs Union, tried to develop the procedure of customs clearing and to promote a much faster, less bureaucratic and more transparent alternative to the existing paper format.

Transparent customs clearance in Russia

Since 2008, customs clearance has been carried out in the so-called ED2 Form, which utilizes special electronic XML forms for the main documents, such as shipping documents, invoices, packing lists, etc. The main advantage of electronic customs clearance via the internet (online customs clearance) is the fact that the declarant no longer needs to be present at the customs office, and the customs declaration can be submitted comfortably from his/her working desk.

This is possible thanks to the electronic signature which the declarant company must apply for at one of the licensed centers for the electronic declaration of goods. The electronic signature is simply a flashcard that authorizes the sending of a customs declaration to the specific customs office. Thanks to this development, customs clearance has not only become less time consuming (about 4 hours), but also the process itself has become much more transparent.

In accordance with the Federal law № 311 dated November 27, 2010, “On customs regulation in the Russian Federation, as of January 1, 2014 the electronic declaration of goods became compulsory. The previous paper format may be used only in special cases defined by the Government of the Russian Federation.

The next stage in this development is the remote release of goods which involves moving customs operations to areas near the Russian boarder. In the past, the declarant needed to submit the declaration to the customs office where the goods were located at. According to the remote release of goods, a declarant in Moscow may interact with the central customs office in Moscow, while the goods themselves may be located at a customs office at the border.

Electronic customs clearance in Russia: What we offer

SCHNEIDER GROUP can take over the entire customs clearance process in Russia, including electronic customs clearance of goods and registration of the electronic signature.

Certification in Russia

SCHNEIDER GROUP can support you with product certification in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, and guarantee a smooth and transparent certification process.

In order to import goods into the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) most products need to be certified and tested in licensed test centers, as European and American certificates are not recognized in the countries of the EEU.

The current legislation in the field of product certification for Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan is based on the so-called Technical Regulations of the Customs Union (TR CU) which set standards and requirements for quality, safety and technical characteristics.

One of the main developments of the Technical Regulations of the Customs Union concerns the role of the applicant in the certification process. This must be a legal entity, registered in one of the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union, that represents the manufacturer in the process of product certification and is also responsible for product quality and safety. As products that have been proved to be in conformity with Regulation standards show the symbol EAC (which stands for Eurasian Conformity), the new product certification legislation is also commonly known as EAC certification.

In Russia and in the Customs Union there are many different types of certificates that may be necessary for the import and distribution of goods, including:

  • Declaration of conformity GOST (for products that are not yet subject to TR CU)
  • Certificate of conformity GOST (for products that are not yet subject to TR CU)
  • Declaration of conformity TR national (for products that are not yet subject to TR CU)
  • Certificate of conformity TR national (for products that are not yet subject to TR CU)
  • Declaration of TR conformity / EAC declaration
  • Certificate of TR conformity / EAC certificate
  • State registration
  • Exemption letter

In order to verify which kind of conformity documents are required for your products, the customs tariff number, as well as a proper product description, is needed. Therefore, it is essential to determine in advance the customs tariff number for the product according to the Russian customs tariff.

Product certification in Russia: What we offer

SCHNEIDER GROUP can support you with product certification in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, and guarantee a smooth and transparent certification process. We work with leading certification entities and offer the following services:

  • Product analysis for certification purposes and confirmation of certificates required
  • Preparation of required documentation for the certification process
  • Coordination of product tests and audits of production sites
  • Full support during the certification process
SCHNEIDER GROUP offers import services into the Eurasian Economic Union and Ukraine

Import, customs handling and certification in Kazakhstan

Our services entail the complete handling of the logistic chain and product certification. We support companies in the import process by taking over complete handling of the logistic chain, product certification, preparation of export documents, registration at the customs office, electronic customs clearance and delivery to the final customer or to our client’s warehouse.

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Imports to Kazakhstan

We support companies in the import process by taking over

  • complete handling of the logistic chain,
  • product certification,
  • preparation of export documents,
  • registration at the customs office,
  • electronic customs clearance and
  • delivery to the final customer or to our client’s warehouse.

Moreover SCHNEIDER GROUP in Almaty provides DDP service including

  • import of goods and customs clearance in our own name;
  • administrative effort (Stipulation of contracts, passport of deal and all other shipping or customs documents);
  • logistic handling from your premises in Europe to your final client in Kazakhstan;
  • payment of customs duties, VAT and other taxes if required.
Importing goods to Kazakhstan and the Customs Union

For the import of goods into Kazakhstan and the Customs Union in general, it is required that the buyer of the goods is also responsible for the customs formalities and the clearing of the goods. The legal entity, in whose name customs clearance is taking place, is officially called the declarant. Even when a licensed customs representative, better known as a customs broker, is taking over the customs formalities, the clearing process will nevertheless be carried out in the name of the declarant company.

Certification

We provide you with the necessary certificate or product registration for Kazakhstan. We collaborate with leading certifications agencies and offer the following services:

  • product analysis for certification purposes and confirmation of certificates required;
  • preparation of required documentation for the certification process.

For its import to the Customs Union, almost all kinds of products need to be tested and certified. The current certification legislation is based on the so-called Technical Regulations. The technical regulations are definitions of standards which establish the characteristics of products and their production processes in terms of quality, security, technical characteristics, etc.

With the introduction of the Customs Union, a unified product certification system became indispensable and in 2010, the three countries decided to introduce the Technical Regulations of the Customs Union.

Get in touch with us

Kirill Afanasyev
General Director, Almaty, Astana, Aktau
+7 (727) 355 44 48
SCHNEIDER GROUP offers import services into the Eurasian Economic Union and Ukraine

Import, customs handling and certification in Belarus

Our services entail the complete handling of the logistic chain and product certification. We support companies in the import process by taking over complete handling of the logistic chain, product certification, preparation of export documents, registration at the customs office, electronic customs clearance and delivery to the final customer or to our client’s warehouse.

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Imports to Belarus

We support companies in the import process by taking over

  • complete handling of the logistic chain,
  • product certification,
  • preparation of export documents,
  • registration at the customs office,
  • electronic customs clearance and
  • delivery to the final customer or to our client’s warehouse.

Moreover SCHNEIDER GROUP in Minsk provides DDP service including

  • import of goods and customs clearance in our own name;
  • administrative effort (Stipulation of contracts, passport of deal and all other shipping or customs documents);
  • logistic handling from your premises in Europe to your final client in Belarus;
  • payment of customs duties, VAT and other taxes if required.
Importing goods to Belarus and the Customs Union

For the import of goods into Belarus and the Customs Union in general, it is required that the buyer of the goods is also responsible for the customs formalities and the clearing of the goods. The legal entity, in whose name customs clearance is taking place, is officially called the declarant. Even when a licensed customs representative, better known as a customs broker, is taking over the customs formalities, the clearing process will nevertheless be carried out in the name of the declarant company.

Certification

We provide you with the necessary certificate or product registration for Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. We collaborate with leading certifications agencies and offer the following services:

  • product analysis for certification purposes and confirmation of certificates required;
  • preparation of required documentation for the certification process.

For its import to the Customs Union, almost all kinds of products need to be tested and certified. The current certification legislation is based on the so-called Technical Regulations. The technical regulations are definitions of standards which establish the characteristics of products and their production processes in terms of quality, security, technical characteristics, etc.

With the introduction of the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, a unified product certification system became indispensable and in 2010, the three countries decided to introduce the Technical Regulations of the Customs Union.

SCHNEIDER GROUP offers import services into the Eurasian Economic Union and Ukraine

Import, customs handling and certification in Ukraine

Our services entail the complete handling of the logistic chain and product certification. We support companies in the import process by taking over complete handling of the logistic chain, product certification, preparation of export documents, registration at the customs office, electronic customs clearance and delivery to the final customer or to our client’s warehouse.

Request information

Imports to Ukraine

SCHNEIDER GROUP can offer their clients a complete front office service:

Import handling for the local subsidiary

  • Customs clearance for third parties via electronic signature or broker service;
  • Registration at customs;
  • Registration of the electronic signature;
  • Logistics coordination;
  • Development of a supply chain and warehousing concept;
  • Delivery of goods to the client’s final client in Russia;
  • Preparation of the statistics form for deliveries within the EEU.

DDP Service

  • Import of goods and customs clearance in our own name;
  • Administrative support (stipulation of contracts, passport of deal and all other shipping or customs
    documents);
  • Logistic handling from the client’s premises to his/her final client within the Customs Union;
  • Payment of customs duties, VAT and other taxes if required.

SCHNEIDER GROUP guarantees a 100% transparent and legal import process.

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