Russians to Pay Duties on Shipments Over €500

4 October 2018 (09:34)

UrBC, Yekaterinburg, October 4, 2018. Russian customers will have to pay a duty on shipments sent to them from abroad that are worth more than €500. The new regulation comes into effect in 2019, Ural Customs Division’s press service reports.

Every Russian national can still receive as many international shipments as they like before December 31, 2018, as long as their total weight stays under 31 kg and their total value stays under €1,000. In case these limits get exceeded, a duty (€4 per 1 kg or 30% of the shipments’ worth) will have to be paid.

‘We can see Russians ordering increasingly more goods from international online shops. Both the weight and the value of their shipments rose by 15% on average,’ says Head of V.A. Sorokin Koltsovo Airport Customs Anatoly Timoshenkov.

Customs officers at Yekaterinburg’s Koltsovo Airport have imposed nearly RUR 300,000 worth of duty payments on 1,000 international shipments since the beginning of this year so far.

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