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Federal Customs Service Announced Two Pilot Projects to Simplify Customs Procedures for Russian Exporters

9 December 2020
ФТС проведет два пилотных проекта по упрощению таможенных процедур для российских экспортеров

This was announced by the First Deputy Head of Russian Customs Service Ruslan Davydov on 9 December at the plenary session entitled ‘The Economic Outlook for the Coming Decade: Challenges and Opportunities for Russian Exporters’. The Made in Russia Forum focused on finding ways of taking Russia’s export potential to a whole new level in current environment.  

According to Mr. Davydov, customs authorities plan pilot projects to simplify reimporting e-commerce products and to process previously exported products in customs area. These projects are supposed to boost export in 2021.  

 “To verify reimport, we first of all need to identify the product, which means we need to compare the exported product and the returned one. It can be done quickly through unique codes attributed to products, which is similar to the labelling technology. We are ready to launch a pilot project of this type with interested marketplaces in 2021,” noted Ruslan Davydov. 

Also, there is a range of products that need to be returned to Russia for repairs. A processing procedure will be used in customs areas for these purposes. 

Mr. Davydov emphasized that such procedures needed further development: “We are ready to launch a pilot project for these purposes in 2021 and to the best of our abilities simplify the process of obtaining permits for Russian exporters, reduce costs and fees for these operations.” 

“Exporters are in direct contact with the Federal Customs Service. The Russian Export Center and the Federal Customs Service realize that certain customs procedures may be challenging. This is why this year they launched a service that is meant to simplify customs declaration procedure. It will operate under the Single Window system. Now, we are talking about simplifying reimport of e-commerce products, which – as we believe – will speed up this procedure and boost e-commerce.  Another important initiave addresses previously exported products. We are confident that such measures will help create a more comfortable environment for overseas trade,” said Veronika Nikishina, CEO of the Russian Export Center.