Exporting to Russia for the World Cup? Avoid a red card with these guidelines
As we get ready to kick off this summer’s World Cup in Russia, UK businesses exporting to Russia need to take notice of nation’s strict Customs regulations.
Whether you are shipping merchandise, organising a supporters? team visit, or just sending a few items ahead with an international courier there are a few things you need to know about Russian customs.
To help small business traders and football fans, the international shipping price comparison site, ParcelHero, have composed a guide to help avoid being caught offside by strict shipping policies.
Commenting on the regulations, ParcelHero’s head of consumer research, David Jinks, offered exporters some pointers.
parcels that are worth less than 200 do not have to pay customs duties and fees when clearing customs. But be aware that Russian individuals are restricted to 1, 000 of purchased items up to 31 kg per person per month.”
Russia briefly became the largest market for UK goods exports outside of the US, the European Union (EU) and China in 2012, but trade has since been hit by sanctions on Russia.
While shipping items to business addresses are relatively easy, there can be significant delays when delivering to private addresses due to custom’s checks.
For this reason, many couriers do not deliver to private addresses in the Russian Federation.
Jinks advised: British visitors to the World Cup must sign up for a fan I.D: a personalised identification card, which gives visa-free entry to Russia during the tournament.
but that’s only half the battle: visitors, even those holding a fan I.D, must be aware that there’s a long list of items not allowed into stadiums.
The list of banned items include:
Sporting gear or equipment
Flags or banners larger than 2m x 1.5m
Bicycles, skateboards and scooters; unless used for the transportation of people with impaired mobility
Food or beverages of any kind, including alcoholic beverages
Thermos bottles or any kinds of flasks
Work tools of any kind
All animals, except for registered guide dogs
Promotional materials of any kind
Unwieldy objects or bags, if they exceed 158cm
Umbrellas longer than 25cm when folded
Jinx added: Delivering items into World Cup stadiums is likely to be a slow procedure, for obvious security reasons. Match day deliveries are being organised by local logistics organising committees (LOCs).
these will provide freight forwarding and logistics services for all organisations working directly with FIFA. Other organisations can choose a logistics operator of their own, or work with the official service provider, Kuehne+Nagel.
Writing for Business Advice, Jeremy Cook, chief economist at payment platform WorldFirst, helps small high street retailers grasp online exporting opportunities and establish themselves internationally. more»