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RIKO
01-10-2014, 13:42
Does anyone know if it is allowed to bring fruit into Russia in personal baggage? (obviously not fruit from the EU). As far as I can see (from the internet), customs say import "fruit and vegetables" is not allowed. However, I often see fruit being carried through by arriving passengers. Anyone have any personal experience of this? What is the practical reality? Legal or not?

LanguageExchange
03-10-2014, 19:38
For your own purposes you can certainly bring some in. But you are not allowed to trade inside Russia. I came to Russia with many tasty things in my bag last week :)

penka
03-10-2014, 20:32
Does anyone know if it is allowed to bring fruit into Russia in personal baggage? (obviously not fruit from the EU). As far as I can see (from the internet), customs say import "fruit and vegetables" is not allowed. However, I often see fruit being carried through by arriving passengers. Anyone have any personal experience of this? What is the practical reality? Legal or not?

Yes, it is legal. Well, unless you consider a truck to be a personal luggage....

RIKO
03-10-2014, 21:55
Yes, it is legal. Well, unless you consider a truck to be a personal luggage.... This is not a question of customs duty. Rather, it's a phyto-sanitary issue. Fresh fruit and vegetables can cary bugs and viruses that can attack things that grow in Russia (like agricultural crops). For example, you cannot carry fruit into the EU. Hence the restriction.

However, in practice, like I said, I see people carry fruit through customs. I am trying to establish what the law says, rather than what might be the practical reality (i.e customs ignore the restriction provided quantities are reasonable ..).

This, for example, is a standard extract on most web sites that explain what can and cannot be brought into Russia:

Customs Rules
Import regulations::
Free import by persons of 18 years and older:
1. 400 cigarettes or 200 cigarillos or 100 cigars or 500 grammes of tobacco products, provided only one type of tobacco products is imported (otherwise only half of the quantities allowed);
2. only for persons of 21 years and older: alcoholic beverages: 3 litres;
3. a reasonable quantity of perfume for personal use;
4. goods up to an amount of EUR 10,000.- for personal use only;
5. caviar (factory packed) max. 250 grammes per person.

PROHIBITED:
- Photographs and printed matter directed against Russian Fed.. Acipenseridae family (sturgeons) fish and any product made thereof and live animals (subject to special permit). Military arms and ammunition, narcotics, fruit and vegetables. Dairy and meat products from Armenia and Georgia. Poultry and poultry products from China (People's Rep.).

Source: http://www.iatatravelcentre.com/RU-Russian-Federation-customs-currency-airport-tax-regulations-details.htm

penka
03-10-2014, 22:11
This is not a question of customs duty. Rather, it's a phyto-sanitary issue. Fresh fruit and vegetables can cary bugs and viruses that can attack things that grow in Russia (like agricultural crops). For example, you cannot carry fruit into the EU. Hence the restriction.

However, in practice, like I said, I see people carry fruit through customs. I am trying to establish what the law says, rather than what might be the practical reality (i.e customs ignore the restriction provided quantities are reasonable ..).

This, for example, is a standard extract on most web sites that explain what can and cannot be brought into Russia:

Customs Rules
Import regulations::
Free import by persons of 18 years and older:
1. 400 cigarettes or 200 cigarillos or 100 cigars or 500 grammes of tobacco products, provided only one type of tobacco products is imported (otherwise only half of the quantities allowed);
2. only for persons of 21 years and older: alcoholic beverages: 3 litres;
3. a reasonable quantity of perfume for personal use;
4. goods up to an amount of EUR 10,000.- for personal use only;
5. caviar (factory packed) max. 250 grammes per person.

PROHIBITED:
- Photographs and printed matter directed against Russian Fed.. Acipenseridae family (sturgeons) fish and any product made thereof and live animals (subject to special permit). Military arms and ammunition, narcotics, fruit and vegetables. Dairy and meat products from Armenia and Georgia. Poultry and poultry products from China (People's Rep.).

Source: http://www.iatatravelcentre.com/RU-Russian-Federation-customs-currency-airport-tax-regulations-details.htm

In Russian:
http://www.tamognia.ru/custreg/ppersons/
http://guide.travel.ru/russia/formalities/customs/

There is a law, there is practice. If you are a private person, carrying a small bags of leeches from Thailand, no-one will blink. If you are importing a container of those and claim those are for private consumption, you will have a lot explaining to do.

RIKO
03-10-2014, 22:26
In Russian:
http://www.tamognia.ru/custreg/ppersons/
http://guide.travel.ru/russia/formalities/customs/

There is a law, there is practice. If you are a private person, carrying a small bags of leeches from Thailand, no-one will blink. If you are importing a container of those and claim those are for private consumption, you will have a lot explaining to do. Thanks. Here's the confirmation: "овощей и плодов без соответствующих фитосанитарных сертификатов".

Of course one has to wonder why have the law is it's being ignored but that's for another discussion.

Benji1315
20-10-2014, 14:04
any restriction on cheese?