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    customs duty on personal belongings imported into russia

    Does anyone know what the current customs regulations are on foreigners importing personal belongings in Russia?
    I am being told that following some customs union that was signed in July between Russia, Belarus and Khazakstan they have fully abolished the temporary import regime that existed and now everything is taxed at 4 eur/kg or at 30% of the declared value whichever is HIGHER.
    Has anyone had to clear something through customs recently? And no, I am not trying to get through anything shady it is just all my stuff that is shipped over from London, and the moving company is being totally useless about it - they suggested I use the volume of the shipment to determine its weight.

    Anyone know anything?

    Thanks

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    We have already moved to Moscow but our stuff is still in Britain being stored by Pickfords whilst all the paper work is being done - should be shipped in next two weeks. We have had to pay 4 euros per kilo which is a nightmare. We saw that the Russian government were maybe going to change this at the end of September back to what it used to be as there were so many complaints from Brits but when we asked Pickfords they said that this was not the case at this time and that the government were just going to hold more talks regarding the tax mid September. So we have had to pay the 4 euros per kilo. The only things that you do not have to pay the new tax on are -

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    Quantity that can be imported duty-free under a re-export obligation:

    Photo cameras

    1

    Video cameras

    1

    VCRs

    1

    Movie projectors

    1

    Slide projectors

    1

    Dictaphone

    1

    DVD players and DVDs

    In a reasonable quantity for personal use (no further specification provided)

    Record players

    1

    Records

    In a reasonable quantity for personal use (no further specification provided)

    Radios

    1

    TVs

    1 (and with a diagonal not exceeding 16.5 in or 42 cm!)

    Typewriters

    1

    Binoculars

    1

    Cell (mobile) phones

    2

    Laptops

    1

    Musical instruments

    In a reasonable quantity for personal use (no further specification provided)

    Prams

    In a reasonable quantity for personal use (no further specification provided)

    Wheelchairs

    In a reasonable quantity for personal use (no further specification provided)

    Children’s car seats

    In a reasonable quantity for personal use (no further specification provided)

    Sports equipment

    In a reasonable quantity for personal use (no further specification provided)

    Mobile dialysis equipment

    In a reasonable quantity for personal use (no further specification provided)

    Pets

    In a reasonable quantity for personal use (no further specification provided)

    This was the list we were given from pickfords.

    Anyway, I hope this has helped. Unfortunately it would seem that you have to pay the new tax regulations.

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    found this text on the other forum follow the link to the moscow times may help someone I hope
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    It looks like they have come to their senses

    http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/a...ed/413584.html

    Customs Rule for Expats to Be Scrapped
    24 August 2010
    By Nikolaus von Twickel

    Facing an uproar from foreign businesses, the government has promised to scrap a new customs duty on the personal belongings of foreigners moving to Russia.

    The Economic Development Ministry said a commission overseeing a new customs union with Belarus and Kazakhstan has acted to amend the regulations, which have resulted in foreign households receiving customs bills running into the thousands of dollars.

    The commission on Aug. 17 ordered the three countries' customs services to make amendments, the ministry said in a letter to the Russo-German Chamber of Commerce, a copy of which was obtained by The Moscow Times.

    The order came four days after representatives of the Russo-German Chamber of Commerce and other business associations voiced their opposition at a meeting with customs officials in the ministry on Aug. 13, said Vladimir Kobzev, head of the chamber's legal department.

    Expatriates and moving companies were dismayed by the new rules, which were introduced without warning when the customs union came into force on July 1.

    The rules, which do not apply to diplomats, stipulate that household items, formerly customs-exempt, would be treated like commercial goods upon entry into the country, with a duty of 4 euros ($5) on every kilogram after the first 50 kilograms.

    Moving company officials said dozens of clients decided to withhold their shipments or send their goods back home after learning about the extra cost.

    Exacerbating the headache, expatriates were forced to pay the duty, which easily reached $20,000 for larger households, in cash at a Sberbank office. [!]

    "Many of our clients are afraid to do this," said Norbert Gooren of Dutch moving company AAA Logistics.

    A list of exemptions contains 21 items including jewelry, consumer electronics, baby strollers and pets, but excludes most goods that make up the bulk of a household like books, furniture and dishes.

    The Economic Development Ministry said in the letter that the list of exemptions, Appendix 4 of the regulation, would simply be supplemented by one item named "other goods clearly designated for private use."

    Dmitry Degtyaryov, director of Team Allied Russia, a moving company, voiced concern over the wording, arguing that "other goods clearly designated for private use" could mean a lot of things to different people.

    "Definitely, there will be problems," he said.

    A spokesman for the Federal Customs Service said Tuesday that the amendment had been prepared and all that was needed for it to come into force for it to be signed at the commission's next session. The spokesman, who refused to give his name, said he did not know when the tripartite body would meet next.

    The commission's press service did not reply to e-mailed questions.

    But Degtyaryov said he understood that the commission would meet again on Sept. 20.

    It was unclear Tuesday if those who already have paid the duty would get a refund. Lawyers contacted by The Moscow Times said it would be difficult for the government to act retroactively in this case.

    But Andrew Somers, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia who was involved in lobbying for the scrapping of the tariff, said he hoped that refunds would be possible. "It is expected that people will get a refund," he said.

    Somers said he thought that the government's change of tack was logical. The import duty, he said, was an "aberration inconsistent with government policies."

    The new rules baffled expatriate businesspeople because the changes came into force at the same time that the government eased some immigration rules in an attempt to attract much-needed foreign specialists. President Dmitry Medvedev had advocated the immigration changes, which allow higher-salaried foreign employees to apply for new three-year visas and work permits rather than the previous one-year p

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    Sorry - answering your question - Pickfords weighed our goods and have charged us accordingly - will the company you are using not weigh your goods so that you can find out the rough value? We worked out our stuff was going to cost £17,000 to bring over and so we put it all in storage in U.K and we are going to Ikea in Moscow next week as it will definitely be cheaper than that and we got a long term deal on a storage unit in U.K. We are still bringing stuff over but not the really heavy stuff like the dining room table and chairs, sofa, mattresses as this is what would have cost all the money.

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    Thanks spooks. The company I am using is being really difficult about actually weighing the goods - we have been going back and forth trying to establish the weight for a month now to no real success.
    Did you actually manage to get exemption on the first 50kg and that list of 21 items? I asked the moving company about it and this is their reply word for word.... I am not quite sure what to do with it....

    About 21 items:
    here is the list of goods that might be imported without paying customs duties and taxes, and imported under temporary import regime, what means either you will have to move out these goods before the temporary import obligation expires (which usually expires on the same date with your visa), or you will have to prolong the validity of obligation, what will cost around 250EUR. Also, please kindly note that, Moscow customs unofficially does not work with temporary import regime and when somebody refers to them with this issue, they start with their routine and bureaucratic remarks about all documents, and customs clearance in this manner takes from 7 to 10 days. And in the end, they charge you for the storage of your shipment at Customs Terminal for those 7-10 days, so in the final you overcome the bureaucracy, but have huge charges on storage. (list follows in Russian can send if anyone cares)

    As for the first 31 kg:
    Moscow Airports (Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo) still work with this law, but for the first 31 kg of shipment to be released of customs duties and taxes, the shipper and consignee should be different persons. As for the surface Customs terminal, they do not want to work with it and the same way they do as I described about temporary import regime. in the end you will lose a huge amount of money on storage, but win 124EUR for first 31 kg.

    anyone?!?!?

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