Russia - Changes for import, export procedures 

December 4:  The EC reported on 3 December 2013 that the Russian customs service announced that the application of the TIR procedure in Russia will continue. This announcement revises an earlier statement (reported below) from the EC.

Read the EC release [PDF 75 KB]

December 3: Russia’s customs service has confirmed the termination of its agreement with the national guaranteeing association for TIR operations in the Russian Federation as of 1 December 2013.

According to an EC report [PDF 251 KB], the TIR Convention cannot be applied in a territory not covered by a national guaranteeing association—i.e., it will no longer be possible to use TIR carnets for goods to be directly transported to or from Russia. The EC reports that:

  • For transit operations in the EU territory, only the EU transit procedure can be used.
  • For goods crossing Russia, the TIR carnet can be used in other contracting parties to the TIR Convention concerned by such movements.
  • However, the application of TIR procedure will be suspended according to Article 26 of the TIR Convention while the goods move in Russia.

Therefore, EU operators will need to take into account the requirement for different transit procedures in the EU and in Russia for transports of goods to and from Russia.

For more information, contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice:

Douglas Zuvich

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Andrew Siciliano

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John L. McLoughlin

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Todd R. Smith

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Luis A. Abad

(212) 954-3094

Amie Ahanchian

(202) 533-3247

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