What can not be imported into Russia: customs rules and restrictions
Travelers bring to Russia from abroad a lot of pleasant experiences, memorable photos and videos, as well as numerous souvenirs. Sometimes at the customs inspection point it turns out that in the luggage of the tourist there is an item that cannot be brought into the country. This may be due to transportation regulations, applicable laws or the inclusion of items on the sanctions list. A man is forced to part with a memorabilia at the airport. More often imported souvenirs, subject to restrictions or prohibitions, are quite expensive and an unprepared tourist suffers significant losses. After the seizure, the goods are sent to the customs warehouse, where they are stored and then destroyed according to the act.
General rules for the import of souvenirs and baggage into the country
For a person who imports certain goods into the country for personal consumption, there are general rules for import:
baggage is inspected at customs and if items prohibited for import are not present in it, the client passes the point. If there is an overweight or the goods cost more than the amount by which the customs allows the import of goods, a system of uniform rates of customs duties is applied to the client;
transportation for personal needs is not quota-controlled and not subject to seizure;
when passing through customs, the owner of the transported item is not required to have a certificate of conformity to it;
the registration of the import of goods into the country is carried out in a simplified form.
Some products require a declaration, that is, inclusion in the declaration form when crossing the country’s border.
Rules for declaring goods
It is mandatory to carry out the declaration procedure for the following categories of goods:
precious metals and fabrics, regardless of their presentation. Exceptions are personal jewelry;
ammunition, weapons, explosives;
toxic and radioactive substances;
medicines of a potent, psychotropic nature, as well as narcotic substances;
apparatus for radio transmission and reception, which operate at frequencies from 9 and above kHz.
When importing objects of art of high significance and value into the country, you will need to declare them, as well as register them with the Ministry of Culture.
Sometimes the procedures are quite complicated for the average person, therefore, customs services of specialists will be required here, which will help to correctly arrange imported goods or objects of art.
The customs authorities compiled a large list that covers the list of goods prohibited for import. First of all, food products are included there:
milk and products based on it;
meat and some delicacies from it;
fish, fish and seafood;
some categories of fruits and vegetables;
planting material plant seeds, potatoes.
For people who do not comply with the rules and have the above goods in their luggage, a fine and seizure of imported goods are provided. Further, the goods are destroyed under the control of Rosselkhoznadzor.
Import of goods from foreign countries
The ban on the import of goods from EU countries applies to all of the above products. Customs regulations set certain restrictions on the import of goods, which will be applied for personal consumption. For example, one individual can carry in his luggage no more than 5 kilograms of products from the category. Sometimes the nuances of import can be agreed with representatives of Rosselkhoznadzor. Also, the customs union has established restrictions on the import of certain goods from individual countries. For example, an individual from Finland will not be able to bring livestock products of any kind to the country: meat, fish, milk and other goods. But at the same time, the ban applies only to goods that are transported without factory packaging. If there is one, then you can bring no more than 5 kg of these products. A country like Vietnam is gaining popularity among tourists. But you can’t export the following goods from Vietnam: precious metals – not more than 300 grams, weapons, even souvenir, exotic plants, etc. .. You can’t bring from Thailand to Russia: gold bars, platinum jewelry, unprocessed precious stones, antique products, stamps and more.
Before the trip, it is better to clarify what can be brought and in what quantity, so as not to part with purchases in the customs inspection room.
The material was prepared with the support of the customs broker Lux-line. If you have questions about customs clearance or the delivery of necessary goods from abroad, you can apply for qualified customs services.